T.J. Holmes gives a tearful tribute to fallen Atlanta news anchor Jovita Moore on Good Morning America.
Moore, who died Thursday after being diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer called glioblastoma, seven months prior, was 53 years old. Her WSB-TV co-anchor Justin Farmer broke the news of her passing, saying she “passed peacefully” surrounded by family.
Through tears, Holmes said he knew Moore from his days working in Atlanta, and wished her family well, according to People.
“From our ABC News family, we are remembering Jovita Moore this morning, a beloved anchor at ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta,” he said before reading a statement Tyler Perry wrote in honor of Moore.
“We know you fought with all you had!” wrote Perry on Twitter. “I will miss your beautiful smile and warm laughter, let alone seeing you in my living room everyday. You will be missed greatly my friend. Many heartfelt prayers to your family. May your soul travel well! Life is but a moment.”
“I moved to Atlanta as a CNN anchor and she took me in, and that woman was special,” Holmes said, describing what Moore meant to him. “I’m sorry–I didn’t realize I had to do this read this morning, and Jovita was something special.”
Robin Roberts, Holmes’ co-anchor, said he had “nothing to apologize for,” adding, “It was special when she would come and visit us here in the studio, and I absolutely agree with you–her personality, so electric…and such a beautiful smile and beautiful person.”
“She was a queen there in Atlanta,” said Holmes. “I spent countless times with her and just–she was a special lady.”
Our thoughts are with Moore’s family at this time.