August 31, 2012 17:35:18 GMT
The morning show anchor flew home just in time to hold her mother's hands before she passed away on Thursday, August 30 night.
Robin Roberts' decision to come home early proved to be critical. The "Good Morning America" anchor did her final show on Thursday, August 30 morning, announcing that she is taking a medical break and flying back to Gulfport, Miss. to be with her ailing mother. Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts died that night with Robin holding her hand.
"Robin arrived home with her sister, Sally-Ann, forging through flooded and blocked roads to be with her beloved mother in time to see her," GMA Senior Executive Tom Cibrowski said in an email to the entire news division Thursday evening. The Mississippi area is recovering from Hurricane Isaac.
The news of Robin's mother's death made it into the Friday show of "GMA". Robin's co-anchor George Stephanopoulos said that she "wanted to get home a little early to say goodbye to her mom. She made it home just in time." Diane Sawyer added, "[Robin] was there to hold hands [with her mother]."
Roberts is scheduled to have a bone marrow transplant next week with her sister as donor.