“Good Morning America” is mourning one of its own.
Robin Roberts announced on the ABC morning show Wednesday that “talented” studio camera operator Tony Greer has died from coronavirus complications.
“It’s a very sad day for our ‘GMA’ family,” Robertsbegan. “We know coronavirus has affected so many of you and it has claimed one of our family members too.”
Roberts described Greer, who worked at the studio for more than six years, as “a bright light” and a “good man” who was “kind,” “thoughtful” and “always a gentleman.”
“He loved ‘GMA.’ He loved meeting all the people who would walk through studio doors,” Roberts said, as pictures of Greer posing with Idris Elba, Jennifer Aniston and Kamala Harris flashed on the screen. “Actors, singers, stars, Tony got to see them all and he took pictures with many of them, and they were gracious to take a picture with him.”
Roberts sent condolences to Greer’s family in Chicago, including his mother Fanny: “We love Tony and so many things that he loved. He loved his family… He loved his longtime girlfriend Robin… We loved every single moment we were blessed to spend and share with Tony.”
Co-anchor Michael Strahan added: “Just a total pro, and someone that was a joy to see everyday. Always a good morning, always a smile… He will be missed here in our studio.”
Co-anchor George Stephanopoulos, who said he worked in close contact with Greer at “GMA,” remembered his fellow colleague’s “lovely spirit.”
“Tony and I shared the early shift in the breakfast room and he was a constant gentleman, such a lovely man,” Stephanopoulos added.
Stephanopoulos’ wife, comedian Ali Wentworth, also tested positive for COVID-19.
“It’s been a rough couple of days,” he said last week before assuring that he’s feeling physically fine. “She’s had the fever. She’s had all the symptoms, but she was feeling a little bit better.”