"I wanted to, from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of my family, thank you," Craig Melvin said

By Claudia Harmata
December 16, 2020 10:52 AM
Craig Melvin
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Craig Melvin is thanking his Today show family and viewers for their well wishes as he mourns the death of his older brother, Lawrence Meadows.

On Wednesday's episode of the NBC morning show, Melvin, 41, rejoined his co-hosts after his brother died at age 43 over the weekend following a years-long battle with stage 4 colon cancer.

"So good to see you all, so good to be back. I’m doing better," the broadcaster said. "I was just telling Mr. [Tom] Mazzarelli, our co-executive producer, that our family is relieved."

"As you guys know, you’ve been along from the beginning of the journey. He was suffering at the end, and when you have someone you love and that you cherish, you don’t want them to suffer anymore," Melvin added. "So his suffering is over and our family, we are at a pretty good spot."

Melvin went on to thank his co-anchors — Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Sheinelle Jones — as well as his fans and viewers for their support.

"I did want to just thank, on behalf of our family, I wanted to thank the friends, the strangers, who sent cards, texts and prayers especially," he said. "And you guys, our little TV family, you guys really held us up over the last few weeks and it was a kindness and a generosity that we will never forget. So I wanted to, from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of my family, thank you for that."

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Melvin announced his brother's death in an emotional post on Instagram Saturday.

"We lost our older brother this week," Melvin wrote. "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."

"Colon cancer robbed him and us of so much," he continued. "He was diagnosed at 39. He died Wednesday at 43. He spent a fair amount of time over the past few years raising awareness about the disease. We’ll be keeping up that fight. We love you, bro."

Melvin first shared news of his brother's cancer diagnosis on the Today show in February 2017, explaining that doctors removed a baseball-sized tumor from Meadows' abdomen in October 2016 but discovered that the cancer had already spread.

In 2018, Melvin called his brother a "fighter" while giving an update on his health. He also said that Meadows had undergone 28 chemotherapy treatments in Houston at that point.

Speaking to PEOPLE in April, Melvin said it was "a punch in the gut" when they first learned about Meadow's diagnosis.

"Here's a guy who didn't drink, didn't smoke, lived a clean life, played football in college," Melvin said about his brother. "He was 39 at the time.”