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Kathie Lee Gifford remembers former assistant's husband, who died on 9/11

The husband of Kathie Lee's former assistant worked in the World Trade Center.
by Eun Kyung Kim / / Source: TODAY

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Kathie Lee Gifford shared “a big dose of remembrance” on Tuesday about the husband of her longtime former assistant as she reflected on the lives lost in the 9/11 attacks 17 years ago.

Kathie Lee’s former assistant, Taryn McHale, was 7 ½ months pregnant with their first child when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, where McHale's husband, Tom, worked as a broker for Cantor Fitzgerald.

Tom, who was 33, had helped save lives after surviving a previous attack on the twin towers in 1993, Kathie Lee said.

In addition to his big heart, Tom had "the greatest, greatest laugh," she recalled.

“Any time I preformed, I could tell (when) Tom was there. Certain people have this laugh that is so distinctive. The kind of laugh that makes everybody start laughing," she said. "So full of life, so precious.”

Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford at the wedding of her former assistant, Taryn McHale.
Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford at the wedding of her former assistant, Taryn McHale.TODAY

Tom's widow, Taryn, went on to raise the couple's son, and the two recently paid Kathie Lee a visit. Taryn has since remarried and had a daughter.

“So, there is redemption. There is healing. It takes a long, long time sometimes,” Kathie Lee said. “But they were just such a picture of happiness. I know Tom, and Frank (Gifford), are looking down on them today."

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