‘It’s a sad day for our family’: Robin Roberts holds back tears as she pays an emotional tribute to GMA cameraman Tony Greer who died from complications due to the coronavirus
- Roberts said their talented studio camera operator, Tony Greer was a ‘bright light’ and that you could ‘feel Tony’s beautiful spirit’
- Speaking alongside Michael Strahan and George Stephanopoulos, Roberts said: ‘We loved every single moment we were blessed to spend and share with Tony’
- The section of the program showed him meeting stars including Sen. Kamala Harris, Jennifer Aniston and Common, and playing guitar
- Roberts addressed his mother, saying: ‘Ma’am, your son was a good man. He was kind, he was thoughtful’
- After touching tributes, Stephanopoulos and Strahan joked about frequently seeing him in the breakfast room and dubbed him a ‘total pro’ always with a smile
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Robin Roberts has paid emotional tribute to a Good Morning America camera operator who passed away from complications due to the coronavirus.
The TV host held back tears as alongside Michael Strahan and George Stephanopoulos, she remembered their ‘bright light’ Tony Greer.
Roberts led the acknowledgement of the man they considered ‘family’, as the infection rate in New York City was over 76,870 Wednesday morning and number of deaths surpassed 4,000.
‘George, as you know, this morning we also have some incredibly tough news to share with everyone,’ Roberts began. ‘It’s a sad day for our family. We know coronavirus has affected so many of you and it has claimed one of our family members too.
Tony Greer, a beloved member of our GMA family, passed away after testing positive for COVID-19. He will be dearly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family. pic.twitter.com/d5qMGw88Yr
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 8, 2020
Robin Roberts (left) led a tribute to a GMA camera operator who lost his life to coronavirus Wednesday. Tony Greer is pictured right
Above shows the number of coronavirus cases and related deaths in New York City
‘Our talented studio camera operator, Tony Greer has passed away from complications due to the coronavirus. He was such a bright light working in our studio for more than six years and you could just feel Tony’s beautiful spirit. Could feel it from a mile away.’
Showing images of Greer in the New York City studio and with his family, Roberts told viewers of how well they got to know each other over the years.
Roberts began to tear up as images flashed across the screen showing the music lover playing ‘a mean guitar’. She added that in between gigs, the ‘cool dude’ was adored by their celebrity guests too.
Highlighting images of Sen. Kamala Harris, Jennifer Aniston, Common and several other stars, the host told of how ‘they were gracious to take a picture with him’.
‘We loved every single moment we were blessed to spend and share with Tony,’ Roberts told viewers.
Roberts also dedicated a section of the tribute to his mourning loved ones.
After touching tributes, George Stephanopoulos (right) and Micaehel Strahan (right) joked about frequently seeing him in the breakfast room and dubbed him a ‘total pro’ always with a smile
Roberts recalled him meeting celebrities during his six years at GMA. Left Greer is pictured with Jennifer Aniston and right with Sylvester Stallone
Roberts said the GMA family member played ‘a mean guitar’ and was a ‘cool dude’ whose ‘bright light’ you could feel ‘a mile away’
‘We love Tony and there’s so many things they loved. He loved his family. His beloved mother Fannie, his sister Janet. His brother Kevin. He loved taking his nieces, nephews, any relative who came to visit him, he’d take them out and show them the city,’ Roberts said.
‘He loved his longtime girlfriend Robin. We’re thinking of her. She lives in his hometown of Chicago. They loved traveling the world together and traveled extensively.’
‘Our condolences to his family in Chicago, his mother Fannie. We’ve got to say this to you, ma’am, your son was a good man. He was kind, he was thoughtful. He was always a gentleman and, George, you know as a parent, you can’t ask for much more than that.’
It prompted Stephanopoulos to chime in with his own memories of ‘consummate gentleman’ Greer.
Dubbing him a ‘total pro’ and someone always boasting a smile, Stephanopoulos recalled how he and Greer shared the early shift in the breakfast room.
Strahan added: ‘You saw him in the early shift. I guess he was going back for seconds because I would see him a little bit later there as well but he will be missed here in our studio and thoughts and prayers are with Tony’s family and our GMA family as well.’
‘He loved his longtime girlfriend Robin. We’re thinking of her. She lives in his hometown of Chicago. They loved traveling the world together and traveled extensively,’ Roberts said
Greer (left) is pictured with his family. ‘His mother Fannie,’ Roberts continued. ‘We’ve got to say this to you, ma’am, your son was a good man’
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