Good Morning America producer Daisha Riley has died at the age of 35.

“One of our stars, Daisha Riley, a young and talented producer, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away,” Michael Strahan said on air Tuesday, according to Variety. “She rose through the ranks over the years on our show, working on stories that have made so many of you, our viewers, smile and tear up. Her legacy lives on in a powerful voice she shared through storytelling.”

“You might not have known Daisha Riley’s name, but if you watched ‘GMA’ for the past 14 years, trust us, you saw her incredible work because Daisha loved nothing more than telling America a story,” he continued. “Daisha Riley could write a breaking news piece with lightning speed. On features, she could make you cry with her exquisite words.”

Riley won several Emmys for her work on the daytime show, and was described by Strahan as having “grit and grace” and “was always the smartest [person in a room], [f]unny and brilliant, and above all, kind, quick with a smile and a kitten meme just when you needed it most.”

Robin Roberts also reiterated Strahan’s words, writing on Twitter, “Daisha Riley was a remarkable woman…talented, creative, kind, a beautiful soul in every way.”


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