Kathie Lee Gifford’s Mother, Joan Epstein, Dies at 87; Gifford Says She ‘Went Home to Jesus and My Daddy This Morning’

TODAY — Pictured: (l-r) Joan Epstein and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC News’ “Today” show — Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire

Kathie Lee Gifford‘s mother, Joan Epstein, has died. She was 87.

The Today show anchor, 64, took to Twitter Tuesday to share that her mother had passed away. “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 tweeted.

Her mother’s death comes two years after the death of her husband, Frank Gifford, in August 2015. Gifford’s father, Aaron Epstein, died in 2002.

Gifford’s daughter, Cassidy Gifford, also took to social media to remember her late grandmother. “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,” Cassidy, 24, captioned a throwback photo of her and Epstein, who was also known as “Cuddles” — a nickname she received from the boys at her high school based on her maiden name, Cuttell.

Today show’s Jenna Bush Hager expressed her condolences to the Gifford family, tweeting: “Sending you love.”

We will miss you sweet Joannie xoxoxo ❤️

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Karen Mizoguchi