On Thursday, Al Roker shared some heartbreaking news with his audience, but also took the time to honor a significant individual in his life.

The Today show host took to Instagram to remember Thom Bell, a renowned Philadelphia producer, arranger, and songwriter, who was born in Jamaica and recently passed away at the age of 79.

While announcing the shocking news of Thom’s departure, Al also posted a picture of him and wrote, “It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Thom Bell, a renowned Philadelphia producer, who passed away at age 79;

His music was the soundtrack of my life. Additionally, he was a vital part of the distinctive Sound Of Philadelphia, which included The Spinners, The O’Jays, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and Elton John. I will always be grateful for his contributions to music and his presence in my life.”

Many of Al’s fans were deeply affected by the news and took to the comments section to express their condolences. They left crying-face and praying-hand emojis as well as their own personal tributes to the late musician.

One fan wrote, “Such a terrible loss of an exceptional talent that was able to capture and create a sound like no other. Another commented, “Enjoy your peace. I really enjoy the songs you sent us. Gratitude for his family.”

Additionally, a third fan expressed sympathy and well wishes for Al’s quick recovery, writing: “Good news despite the sad news. The @todayshow would not be the same without you, so I hope you’re feeling better and getting stronger.”

Furthermore, Al has had a very difficult few weeks, as he is recovering from blood clots in his lungs, and also received the heartbreaking news that his sister Patricia had passed away suddenly soon after he was released from the hospital.

The television personality and Today show host, Al Roker, who has worked on the show for over 25 years, recently had a difficult time after being hospitalized for more than two weeks due to blood clots.

Last week, Al sent an update to viewers from home, and has now taken a break from the show. He shared, “It’s been a struggle. I won’t mince words. I’ve had a lot of operations, but this one has been the worst thus far.”

However, despite the difficulty of his experience, Al also expressed gratitude. He continued, “Despite the struggle, there are many people and things for which I am grateful. I feel incredibly appreciative for this outpouring of prayers and appreciation as a results.”

Al Roker has had a difficult few weeks, recovering from blood clots in his lungs and also receiving the heartbreaking news of the passing of a significant figure in his life, Thom Bell.

He has taken a break from the Today show and shared updates with viewers, highlighting the struggle but also expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support and well wishes.

We wish Al a speedy recovery and send our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. It would be great to see Al Roker back soon on the Today show where he has been entertaining and informing audiences for more than 25 years.