*”Today” co-anchor Craig Melvin is mourning the death of his older brother, Lawrence Meadows, who has died at 43 from colon cancer.
“We lost our older brother this week. Lawrence Meadows was a husband (to Angela, his childhood sweetheart), father (to Addie, 11 and Lawson, 7) Baptist minister, entrepreneur, and one of the best human beings you would’ve ever known,” Melvin wrote in a tribute on Instagram Saturday. “Colon cancer robbed him and us of so much.”
Melvin’s “Today” co-anchors took a moment this morning to send their love and condolences.
Meadows, who was first diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at 39 years old in 2016, died on Wednesday morning, according to the family. He was a Baptist minister and funeral home director.
“He spent a fair amount of time over the past few years raising awareness about the disease,” Melvin added in his IG caption. “We’ll be keeping up that fight. We love you, bro.”
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Craig, 41, first shared the news about his brother’s diagnosis in 2017 on TODAY, noting that doctors removed a baseball-sized tumor from his abdomen in October 2016 and discovered that the cancer had already spread.