Al Roker shared some heartbreaking news to his audience on Thursday while paying passionate respect to a significant individual in his life.
Thom Bell, a renowned Philadelphia producer, arranger, and songwriter born in Jamaica and who died at the age of 79, was remembered by the Today presenter on Instagram following his startling Twitter resignation announcement this week.
“Thom Bell, a great Philadelphia producer, died at the age of 79,” Al said, accompanied by a photo of Thom. “His music provided the soundtrack to my life.”
“He was a part of the distinctive Sound Of Philadelphia, which includes The Spinners, The O’Jays, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and Elton John. I am grateful for your gift.”
Many of Al’s fans expressed their sorrow in the comments section, using crying-face and praying-hand emojis with their personal tributes to the late musician.
“Such a devastating loss of a great skill capable of capturing and creating a sound like no other,” one of them said. “Enjoy your serenity,” said another. ” The songs you sent us are incredible. “
A third expressed sympathy and best wishes for Al’s quick recovery: “Despite the sad news, there is good news. I hope you’re feeling better and gaining strength, since the @todayshow would be lost without you.”
Al has had a difficult few weeks since, in addition to recovering from blood clots in his lungs, he learned that his sister Patricia died unexpectedly shortly after he was released from the hospital.
Due to blood clots, the Today show host, who has been with the show for over 25 years, was hospitalized for more than two weeks after Thanksgiving.
Al provided viewers with a house update last week. Al has stood down from the show. “It’s been challenging. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. I’ve had multiple surgeries, but this one was the most difficult.
“There are many people and things for which I am thankful,” he went on. “You are overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers and appreciation as a result.”