CNN Anchor Don Lemon’s Older Sister Dies in Tragic Accident

February 2, 2018 Updated: February 2, 2018

The older sister of CNN host Don Lemon has passed away after an accidental drowning in Louisiana on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

L’tanya Grimes from Denham Springs died at the age of 58, according to ABC affiliate WBRZ.

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CNN News Anchor Don Lemon attends the Point Honors Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on April 3, 2017. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Point Foundation)

Lemon paid a touching tribute to his sister in a tweet on Thursday.

“Thanks everyone for your words of sympathy. Please keep my family in your prayers,” he said. “Leisa was my oldest sister & partner in crime growing up. Always had my back. #RIPbigSis.”

According to People, Lemon did not appear on CNN tonight on Thursday.

Grimes died after she fell into a neighborhood pond located off of Iberia Drive in the Livingston Trace subdivision south of the Juban Road exit on I-12, The Times-Picayune reported.

She seemed to have tripped and fallen into the pond while she was fishing.

Officers arrived at the scene on Wednesday at 4 p.m. An official with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Tuesday that the drowning was accidental.

No foul play is suspected in the drowning incident.

“The Lemon/Grimes family would like to thank everyone for their condolences and prayers at this time. Our family has suffered the tragic loss of L’Tanya ‘Leisa’ Lemon Grimes and we are leaning on each other for strength at this time. We appreciate privacy as we grieve the loss of our loved one,” the family said in a statement.



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