Craig Melvin is mourning the loss of life of his older brother Lawrence, who died Wednesday from colon cancer on the age of 43.
“We misplaced our older brother this week,” the “Today” show co-anchor, 41, posted Saturday to Instagram.
“Lawrence Meadows was a husband (to Angela, his childhood sweetheart), father (to Addie, 11 and Lawson, 7) Baptist minister, entrepreneur, and top-of-the-line human beings you’d’ve ever recognized,” he continued.
In 2017, Melvin discussed his brother’s health battle on “Today,” revealing Lawrence had been recognized with stage 4 colon cancer on the age of 39.
“You by no means need to hear about anybody getting a cancer analysis, so once I obtained a name about somebody pricey to me, it despatched me for fairly the spin,” Melvin mentioned on the time.
In October of 2016, docs had eliminated a baseball-sized tumor from Lawrence’s stomach and located the cancer had unfold.
“Colon cancer robbed him and us of a lot,” Melvin continued Saturday. “He was recognized at 39. He died Wednesday at 43.”
Melvin additionally famous how Lawrence “spent a good period of time over the previous few years elevating consciousness concerning the illness.”
“We’ll be maintaining that battle,” Melvin concluded. “We love you, bro.”
Within the US, colorectal cancer is “is the third commonest cancer recognized in each women and men,” excluding pores and skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society, and is “the third main reason behind cancer-related deaths in males and in girls.”