Kathie Lee Gifford mourns mom Joan Epstein's death


			Peter Kramer  NBC  NBC NewsWire

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Kathie Lee Gifford's mom, Joan Epstein, has died.

"She passed away in her sleep in her handsome bed yesterday morning", the star said of her mom.

Gifford appeared alongside Kotb as usual Tuesday on Today, and honored her mom in the episode.

"My precious mother, JOANNIE went home to JESUS & my DADDY this morning", the Today show host wrote. "We praise God for His promise of eternal life & we thank God for her", Gifford, 64, wrote. Her legacy will live on in them, as well as in her 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Her longtime friend and cohost, Hoda Kotb, retweeted the message.

Epstein's passing comes two years after the loss of Kathie Lee's husband, Frank Gifford, in August 2015.

Today show's Jenna Bush Hager expressed her condolences to the Gifford family, tweeting: "Sending you love".

"[She's] the sunniest person I know, except for maybe Hoda [Kotb]".

Back then, Gifford also revealed how her parents were very supportive of her decision to pursue a career in Hollywood.

They wanted Kathie Lee to follow her passion, and that is the same parenting style she used with her own kids. She posted a photo of her much younger self getting a hug from Epstein on her Instagram account. 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.