Craig Melvin’s older brother, Lawrence Meadows, has died at 43 from colon cancer.
On Saturday, Craig shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram.
“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,” he wrote in the caption. “Colon cancer robbed him and us of so much.”
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, funeral home director, husband to his childhood sweetheart, Angela, and father to Addie, 11, and Lawson, 7.
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“He spent a fair amount of time over the past few years raising awareness about the disease,” Craig added in his caption. “We’ll be keeping up that fight. We love you, bro.”
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.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the country, excluding skin cancers, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women, according to the American Cancer Society.
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SOURCE: Today, Scott Stump