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Tragic news for CNN anchor Don Lemon as the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the journalist’s 58-year-old sister passed away in n accidental drowning last Wednesday. The site reported that the Denham Springs resident died after falling into neighborhood pond off of Iberia Drive in the Livingston Trace subdivision south of the Juban Road exit on I-12.

Officers reported to the scene around 4:00 pm that day and on Thursday an official with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the drowning appears to be accidental. Grimes appeared to have tripped and fallen into the water while fishing in the neighborhood pond. No foul play is suspected.

The family released an official statement requesting privacy at this sensitive time:

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

51-year-old Lemon did not make an appearance on “CNN Tonight” on Thursday, but did take to social media to express gratitude for the kind words shared by colleagues, friends and fans:

We wish the Lemon family peace and strength at this time and keep them in our thoughts.

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