Good Morning America‘s T.J. Holmes is remembering late Atlanta anchor Jovita Moore.
Moore died Thursday at age 53, seven months after being diagnosed with an incurable and aggressive form of brain cancer. She “passed peacefully” with her family by her side, her co-anchor at WSB-TV Justin Farmer announced Friday morning.
On Monday’s GMA broadcast, Holmes became emotional while paying tribute to Moore. “From our ABC News family, we are remembering Jovita Moore this morning, a beloved anchor at ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta,” he began.
After reading out a heartfelt statement about Moore that Tyler Perry had shared on Twitter, Holmes broke down and apologized to his coanchors, noting that he knew Moore well from when he worked in Atlanta.
“I moved to Atlanta as a CNN anchor and she took me in, and that woman was special,” he said. “I’m sorry — I didn’t realize I had to do this read this morning, and Jovita was something special.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Ally Mauch