Craig Melvin’s brother, Lawrence Meadows, has died

Craig Melvin’s brother Lawrence dead from colon cancer at age 43

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Craig Melvin’s brother, Lawrence Meadows, has died after a years-long battle with stage 4 colon cancer. He was 43.

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Craig Melvin’s brother Lawrence dead from colon cancer

Craig Melvin first shared the news of his brother’s cancer diagnosis on the Today show in February 2017.

The Today co-anchor, 41, shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram Saturday.

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“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.”

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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 received support in the comments section of his post, including from his Today show co-anchors Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.

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“Love you Craig… lets all keep up the fight ❤️,” Kotb, 56, commented, while Bush Hager, 39, wrote, “Sending you so much love Craig. I know how much you adored him. 💙.”

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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 and discovered that the cancer had already spread.

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You never want to hear of anyone getting a cancer diagnosis… it nearly knocked me off my feet,” Melvin said at the time.

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