Kathie Lee Gifford, Daughter Cassidy Pay Tribute To TV Host's Late Mother

Today host Kathie Lee Gifford is mourning the loss of her mother

Today host Kathie Lee Gifford is mourning the loss of her mother

Kathie Lee Gifford's mother Joan Epstein died this past Tuesday, RadarOnline.com has learned, and the star shared her heartbreak over her sweet mom's passing over social media. "It can be 10 days of rain, and she'll say, 'You know, I like a rainy day".

Epstein appeared on television with Gifford numerous times throughout her career and became a favourite guest during Gifford's 15-year run from 1985-2000 on Live with Regis & Kathie Lee.

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Today's Eun Kyung Kim also paid tribute to Epstein through an article she wrote for the show's website.

According to the anchor, she'd call Epstein at 9 A.M. every single morning before going on air.

During an interview in May 2016, Gifford gushed about her mother's optimism. Because who's happier than Hoda? "It slows you down, '" she said at the time.

She was only 17 years old when she left home to pursue her career, and both of her parents were all for it.

Kathie Lee said her mom wasn't afraid of dying because she had "the strongest faith of anyone I've ever known".

On Wednesday's Today show, Gifford remembered her mother, revealing that Epstein passed away in her sleep. Pictured: The television personality and comedienne attending "From Book to Screen" panel during the 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival in CT on June 12, 2016.

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