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    Kathie Lee Gifford's Mom Joan Epstein Dies at 87

    "My precious mother, JOANNIE went home to JESUS & my DADDY this morning. We praise God for His promise of eternal life & we thank God for her," Gifford, 64, wrote.

    Her longtime friend and cohost, Hoda Kotb, retweeted the message. "Holding your hand xoxox," the 53-year-old wrote.

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    On Wednesday, Kotb followed up with a quote. "Being both soft and strong is a combination very few have mastered." She noted: "Happy wed. Love you Joannie."

    Kathie Lee's daughter Cassidy also posted a tribute to her grandmother on Instagram. "Jesus & Pop Pop are much cooler, anyhow and I know they're both smiling now that they have you back... so until we meet again, love you to heaven, Cuddles," the 24-year-old actress captioned a throwback pic of the two.

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