The husband of Today show contributor Bobbie Thomas, Michael Marion, has died at just 42, Page Six reported.
Thomas shared a heartbreaking message Sunday after her husband succumbed to complications from a stroke.
“My husband is gone”
A lawyer native to Bethesda, Maryland, Marion died on Dec. 1 after a “heroic struggle,” his obituary said.
Thomas, 46, implored her Instagram followers to “go hug the people you love” in a heartbreaking message about the tragedy.
“Nothing is normal. Maybe nothing will ever be normal again,” she posted on Instagram on Sunday morning. “For me, it won’t. My husband is gone.”
Thomas added: “There will never be enough time and some of our forevers are much too short. As I type through tears, I embrace gratitude…holding our precious son Miles and memories, of the time I did have with Michael, closer to my broken heart. Thank you all for the love and support you’ve shown us and our families. Please go hug the people you love.”
The couple married in 2013 and had a 5-year-old son, Miles, who was conceived through IVF after Thomas struggled with infertility, according to Today.
Marion was a partner and office practice leader in the Tax Transactions group at Mayer Brown LLP. He graduated from the University of Michigan, the George Washington School of Law, and the New York University School of Law, according to his obituary.
He suffered an ischemic stroke in 2019, at age 40, and came home in a wheelchair, Today reported. Thomas shared updates on her husband’s condition, revealing in May that he had progressed to walking with assistance.
“We celebrate every little victory,” she said at the time, according to the Daily Mail. “It’s hard to appreciate those small things if we look ahead. In a weird way, I would never want this to happen to anybody, but there has been so many gifts that have come along with having to reprioritize, and there’s a bond we have that’s unbreakable.”
In June, Thomas shared a video of her husband holding their son for the first time since the stroke.
“One thing we all have is kindness,” Thomas said Sunday, according to USA Today. “Absorb it, extend it, exhaust it. Because in the end, the ONLY thing that matters is love. If you’re lucky enough to have it, please appreciate it, every moment, every day.”