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Sister Of CNN's Don Lemon Drowns, Dies At 58 (Photos)

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CNN Anchor Don Lemon's older sister died of drowning at the age of 58.

According to the Daily Mail, L'Tanya 'Leisa' Lemon Grimes died after drowning in Denham Springs, Louisiana, near Baton Rouge, on Jan. 31.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said that Grimes' death is being treated as an accident with no suspicion of foul play.

Lemon shared a photo of his sister on his Twitter account following news of her death.

"Thanks everyone for your words of sympathy," he wrote alongside the photo. "Please keep my family in your prayers. Leisa was my oldest sister & partner in crime growing up. Always had my back. #RIPbigSis"

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The family issued a statement to People.

"The Lemon/Grimes family would like to thank everyone for their condolences and prayers at this time," the family's statement read. "Our family has suffered the tragic loss of L'Tanya 'Leisa' Lemon Grimes. We are leaning on each other for strength at this time. We appreciate privacy as we grieve the loss of our loved one."

Lemon did not appear on CNN on Feb. 1 following his sister's death.

On Jan. 31, police were called to the scene after receiving reports that a woman had fallen into a neighborhood pond. Investigators believe that Grimes may have tripped and fallen into the pond while fishing.

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On Feb. 1, Lemon shared a video featuring a group of children giving a "breaking news" report explaining that "black excellence is at an all-time high."

He shared the link and wrote, "This lifted my spirits. I needed this today."

Readers of the Daily Mail shared their thoughts and condolences.

"I just saw this on the news," one reader commented. "Very sad. No matter what you're politics or viewing pleasure, this is just tragic. My condolences to Don Lemon and their family. They seemed like they were a loving family. So sorry."

"To think you are having fun fishing together and the next moment you lose a loved-one is hard to put your mind around," another user wrote. "I'm so sorry for the family."

"Forget politics; this such a tragic event," another reader added. "Condolences to Don and his family. It's painful beyond belief when a loved one dies so young and unexpectedly. Reading this made me want to be nicer to my sister who I'm constantly at odds with; because there may not be a tomorrow for either us and it would be too late to say sorry and make peace."

Sources: Daily MailPeople / Featured Image: Neon Tommy via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: DonLemon/Twitter via and Facebook via Daily Mail

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