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Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb pay emotional tribute to Richard Engel’s late son

today The show’s Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb have paid heartfelt tributes to Richard Engel’s late son, Henry.

On Thursday, NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent shared the heartbreaking news that he and his wife Mary Forrest’s firstborn son, who was diagnosed with Rett syndrome, died a month before his seventh birthday. The bereaved father tweeted, “Our lovely son Henry passed away. He had the softest blue eyes, an easy smile and an infectious laugh.” “We always surrounded him with love and he returned it, and more.”

After the devastating news, today Co-anchor Guthrie shared a tribute to the little boy gone too soon and his devoted parents, which he called “what it means to be a parent.”

“Dear Richard and Mary, you were wonderful warriors to Henry – pouring your love and care on him and fighting every day with what he’s got for him. To me, you’re what it means to be a parent.” – Give love, love and happiness to your child, and bring every creature of yours to their flourishing. You are my hero,” she wrote on Instagram. “My dear Henry, I will miss you. I will always remember the twinkle in your eyes. We will keep fighting for you.”

Co-anchor Kotb shared the news with viewers on Friday morning, telling viewers that “at such a young age, Henry Engel carried that fighting spirit” because he lived with a rare and incurable disorder. The syndrome robbed Henry of his ability to walk, speak, and feed himself.

In May, Engel told fans that his son had “taken a turn for the worse” because Henry developed uncontrollable shaking and stiffness known as dystonia. The young man was hospitalized for six weeks before returning home and being reunited with his younger brother Theo.

“We are all sending our love to Richard, Mary and Theo,” Kotb told the audience on Friday. “So many people are watching our show that Richard is covering something, standing in a very dangerous place, unaware that he was fighting the biggest fight at home.”

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