‘Good Morning America’ producer Daisha Riley has died unexpectedly at 35, co-host Michael Strahan shared the news to viewers on Tuesday morning.
“One of our stars, Daisha Riley, a young and talented producer, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. She rose through the ranks over the years on our show, working on stories that have made so many of you, our viewers, smile and tear up. Her legacy lives on in a powerful voice she shared through storytelling,” Strahan said on the broadcast.
The ABC show had a video segmented dedicated to Riley, who worked on “Good Morning America” for 14 years, demonstrating photographs from her life and interviews she had worked on.
“You might not have known Daisha Riley’s name, but if you watched GMA for the past 14 years, trust us, you saw her incredible work,” said Strahan, 48. “Because Daisha loved nothing more than telling America a story.”
“Daisha Riley could write a breaking news piece with lightning speed. On features, she could make you cry with her exquisite of words,” Strahan told in the segment.
“She was beloved by all of us here. Her smile lit up a room,” he added. “It’s hard for us and difficult to even wrap our heads around this, but we can’t express how much we are going to miss her. We are thinking about her family and her fiancé, Tyrone, this morning.”
ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ anchor Robin Roberts likewise paid tribute to Riley on Twitter.
“Daisha Riley was a remarkable woman….talented, creative, kind, a beautiful soul in every way,” she wrote. “Condolences to her beloved family. Our @GMA family loved her and will be forever grateful to have experienced Daisha’s grace & grit,” she added.