Kathie Lee Gifford mourns death of her mother, Joan Epstein

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Kathie Lee Gifford mourns death of her mother, Joan Epstein

Joan Epstein, the mother of veteran TV host Kathie Lee Gifford, has died at the age of 87. Gifford confirmed the news in a statement to fans Tuesday night on Twitter.

“My precious mother, JOANNIE went home to JESUS & my DADDY this morning. We praise God for His promise of eternal life & we thank God for her,” Gifford wrote.

During Gifford's time on the "Today" show, Epstein often stopped by the studio to share some of her favorite recipes.

Kathie Lee's beloved mom, Joan, has died at the age of 87. Our thoughts and prayers go out to KLG and her entire family.

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“Jesus & Pop Pop are much cooler, anyhow and I know they’re both smiling now that they have you back… so until we meet again, love you to heaven, Cuddles,” she wrote.

Gifford’s “Today” co-host, Hoda Kotb, had kind words to share on Instagram about “sweet Joanie.”

“We will miss you sweet Joannie xoxoxo,” Kotb wrote.

We will miss you sweet Joannie xoxoxo

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Gifford’s father, Aaron Epstein, died in 2002.

(H/T "Today")

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