Robin Roberts' mother dies same day 'Good Morning America' host leaves

Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” after announcing

Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” after announcing she has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood and bone marrow disease formerly known as preleukemia. (June 11, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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The mother of "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts has died.

Jeffrey W. Schneider, senior vice president of ABC News, said 88-year-old Lucimarian Roberts died Thursday night.

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ABC's Facebook page said Robins traveled "home to Mississippi just in time to see her."

The death came on the same day Roberts said goodbye to her co-workers and audience before starting medical leave for a bone marrow transplant.

Her departure had been set for Friday. But in a last-minute change of plans she told her viewers she was leaving a day early to visit her ailing mother.

WABC-TV said Lucimarian Roberts was the first African-American to head Mississippi's board of education. She also collaborated with her daughter on a book titled, "My Story, My Song — Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith." 

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