Al RokerHe and his wife. Deborah RobertsThey shared some of the most heartbreaking news with their fans. Roberts took to Instagram to announceThe death of her oldest sister, Annette, who had struggled with Alzheimer’s for years.
Roberts Mourns Loss Of Eldest Sister
“We have lost the glow of a warm light in my family,” the ABC journalist captionedAnnette is featured in a series photos. “My oldest sister, Annette, has left us. She struggled against Alzheimer’s for 5-6 years before succumbing to complications which robbed her of everything that made her so special. I hate this disease.”
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“Annette was my role model as I grew up,”She went on. “She was the first in our family to go to college. And she always managed to look like a movie star to me. I owe my love of high fashion to her. (Or I blame her for it). After she got a job during her years at Ft. Valley State college, she bought the most beautiful ready to wear clothing at a high end shop in our town called Vanity Fair. I’d never seen such lovely dresses, scarves or shoes. Annette was always the picture of elegance. And she was a stickler for order and tidiness. It might explain why she became an account executive.”
Roberts: ‘I Will Miss Her Fiercely’
Roberts went on to detail her sister’s time living in Germany, where her husband was stationed while serving in the Air Force and her time in Houston, Texas, saying that her well-traveled sister gave all their siblings a set of luggage when they graduated high school.
“She was always a bit reserved and held her emotions in check but she was passionate about her son Justin, her husband Richard and all of her family,”Roberts shared. “Her granddaughter, Alana, stole her heart. Annette was a pragmatic and strong woman who believed in possibilities. While I’m relieved that her suffering has ended, I will miss her fiercely.”
Comments Section: Friends, Please Share Your Love
Roberts’ friends and followers were quick to show their support and express their sympathy. Hoda Kotb wrote: “So sorry deborah xoxox.”Meghan McCain said: “I am so deeply sorry for this loss Deborah. Praying hard for you and your family.”Roberts and Roker are mourning Annette’s death. They will be supported by friends and well-wishes from fans to help them through this difficult time.