"I was holding her hand, and she said, 'A 4-year-old girl having cancer is a tragedy,'" Hoda recalled. "She said Frank lived to be almost 85. She said he lived an incredible life, has an incredible family and an incredible legacy. She said his life is a triumph."
Kotb remembered her co-host's husband on Twitter. "This is how I will remember #frankgifford -- always making us laugh," she wrote. "But today I am heartbroken -- love u klg xoxo."
Kathie Lee also tweeted following her beloved husband's death. "Deeply grateful to all 4 ur outpouring of grace," she wrote. "We r steadfast in out faith and finding comfort in knowing where Frank is."
Deeply grateful to all 4 ur outpouring of grace. We r steadfast in our faith & finding comfort in knowing where Frank is. Phillippians 4:13.
Frank died of natural causes on Sunday, Aug. 9, in Connecticut. He was 84. He is survived by Kathie Lee and their two children, Cody and Cassidy, as well as his three children -- Jeff, Kyle and Victoria -- from his first marriage to Maxine Avis Ewart and five grandchildren.