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Savannah, Hoda, NBC News staffers remember colleague who died from coronavirus

"My heart breaks this morning," TODAY's Savannah Guthrie wrote in a tribute posted on Instagram.
/ Source: TODAY

NBC News is mourning the loss of a colleague who had contracted the novel coronavirus.

Larry Edgeworth, a 25-year veteran of the news division, died Thursday, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack informed employees in an email sent Friday.

TODAY co-anchor Savannah Guthrie posted a tribute to Edgeworth on her Instagram page Friday morning.

“My heart breaks this morning at the loss of NBC audio technician Larry Edgeworth (pictured right) due to COVID19. I adored Larry,” she wrote.

Edgeworth, who worked in an equipment room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, had other health issues, his wife said, according to Lack.

Savannah fondly recalled working with Edgeworth during the presidential election in 2008.

“We traveled together for two straight months on a campaign in 2008 and he was always the most warm, most professional, most loving. All hours of the day and night, no matter how hungry or tired or stressed we were - he was always a joy,” she wrote.

“He loved his work and excelled at it. He loved his colleagues and boy did we love him. Larry, dear, I will miss you. My deepest condolences and prayers to his family.”

Savannah also posted another photo with Edgeworth.

"The good old days with Larry. Rest In Peace," she captioned the picture.

Savannah's deskmate, Hoda Kotb, also tweeted a tribute her colleague: "I would like for you to know this name : Larry Edgeworth. He was a longtime member of our NBC crew.. big smile.. big heart..we loved Larry and he loved us back.. all of us ...He died after testing positive for the Coronavirus."

TODAY weatherman Al Roker shared a moving tribute to him as well, including a picture of Edgeworth on the job.

"Larry Edgeworth was a giant both physically and emotionally. You were always in good hands when he was on your crew," he wrote.

"He would always ask about Nick and losing him to underlying health issues exacerbated by Covid-19 is devastating. Thoughts and prayers to his wife and two sons. Our @nbcnews family has lost a consummate professional and a friend."

"NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt remembered sharing adventures with Edgeworth while on assignments.

"Proud to have known and worked with Larry Edgeworth for nearly 20 years. Shared some great adventures here and abroad," Lester wrote on Instagram. "An excellent audio engineer and a tremendous man. Always had his team’s back. Larry, I loved when you’d call me 'Mr. Smooth.' I’ll miss you pal. God bless you and your family."

MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake also remembered Edgeworth with touching words on Twitter.

"The man on the left is Larry Edgeworth. I met him as the sound tech on our team that covered the Romney campaign in 2012,” he wrote alongside a photo of them together. “He called me ‘slim,’ and helped me put together my first resume tape. He was SO proud of his kids. He was hilarious. Yesterday he lost his fight with COVID-19.”

Several other members of the NBC News family also mourned Edgeworth's passing.

"NBC News is saddened to announce the death of our long-time colleague Larry Edgeworth after he got COVID-19 I first met Larry back in 2012 before I worked at NBC, and was just the most warm and welcoming colleague to work with in the years since," NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt wrote.

"From Rome to the BP Oil Spill, he was the best colleague. We’d talk football and he loved the desserts I made, especially chocolate chip cookies. Love you Larry," NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson wrote.

"This is heartbreaking. Larry Edgeworth always, always greeted me with a huge smile and hug. He was a good man who has now died of COVID-19. Rest in peace, Larry," MSNBC and NBC News contributor Yamiche Alcindor wrote.

"What I remember most about the the times I worked with Larry: his smile. Thinking of his family, and joining the rest of our NBC News colleagues grieving his death," NBC News chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson wrote.

"Devastated. Larry was the guy. This was my DUDE in Sanford covering Trayvon's murder & in so many places traveling to cover stories for ⁦@MSNBC⁩. Just a lovable, hilarious, brilliant guy. Take coronavirus seriously please and damn that virus to Hell," MSNBC's "AM Joy" host Joy Reid wrote.

"One of the kindest men I've ever worked with," CNBC's Carl Quintanilla wrote. "Devastated."

"Coronavirus hitting close to home as I heard the news that Larry Edgeworth, a dear colleague, has passed away," 3rd hour of TODAY anchor Dylan Dreyer wrote. "He was truly one of the nicest men I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

"Through the coldest snowstorm, he always had a smile on his face. He was one of the last people I saw at work before I left for maternity leave. I’ll miss this wonderfully kind man very much. I’m praying for his family as they try to make sense of this difficult time."