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Don Lemon shared horribly sad news about the death of a very close family member. Full story inside.

CNN host Don Lemon’s oldest sister, L’Tanya “Leisa” Lemon Grimes, has passed away after an accidental drowning.

Don shared the news on his social media, saying his sister was his partner in crime while growing up.

Don, who is originally from Baton Rouge, traveled back to Louisiana yesterday to be with his family.  He will not be on the air today.

Local news site published a statement from the family that reads:

“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.”

According to the local news, 58-year-old Leisa accidentally fell into a pond near her home in Denham Springs earlier this week. No foul play is suspected according to the Livingston Parish Police Department.

…[Leisa] died after she fell into a neighborhood pond off of Iberia Drive in the Livingston Trace subdivision south of the Juban Road exit on I-12. Officers reported to the scene at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Grimes appeared to have tripped and fallen into the water while fishing in the neighborhood pond.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lemon-Grimes family during this traumatic time.

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  1. So sorry to hear of your lose, may the love of family and friends help to strengthen you guys in this time of sorrow. Hold on to GODS unchanging hands he will help.


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