Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie revealed via Instagram on Friday that her colleague, Larry Edgeworth, died after testing positive for COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.
"My heart breaks this morning at the loss of NBC audio technician Larry Edgeworth (pictured right) due to COVID19. I adored Larry. We traveled together for two straight months on a campaign in 2008 and he was always the most warm, most professional, most loving," Guthrie captioned her post. "All hours of the day and night, no matter how hungry or tired or stressed we were - he was always a joy. He loved his work and excelled at it. He loved his colleagues and boy did we love him."
"Larry, dear, I will miss you," she added. "My deepest condolences and prayers to his family."
The Today show also confirmed the news on their website and social media accounts. "A longtime employee of NBC News died Thursday after testing positive for the coronavirus," NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said in an email to staff.
"Many of you were fortunate enough to work with Larry over the years, so you know that he was the guy you wanted by your side no matter where you were," Lack continued. "We are doing everything we can to support his family during this very difficult time."
According to Today, Edgeworth (who also suffered from other health issues) had been working in an equipment room at NBC News' 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in New York City. The outlet reports that he had previously spent 25 years at NBC News working as an audio technician, where he was well-known to many network correspondents who traveled with him around the world.
Edgeworth is survived by his wife, Crystal, and two sons. See more social media tributes below:
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 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 pic.twitter.com/73D93utgPX
RIP Larry Edgeworth. You had the best stories from a lifetime of covering news the world over. A gentle giant and nurturing soul. I’m sorry we never got those drinks when I came back to NY. You will be so missed. pic.twitter.com/rMWzcxwxbW
Larry Edgeworth “was the guy you wanted by your side no matter where you were” and I’m truly honored to have had him by my side on many assignments at @NBCNews. He was my weekly check-in partner. Family. He died after testing positive for #coronavirus and I will miss him pic.twitter.com/ErbYeQ7sl0