During his own battle with the illness, Al Roker experienced a tremendous loss.

On Thursday, Al Roker revealed some heartbreaking news to his audience while paying eloquent respect to a significant individual in his life.

Thom Bell, a renowned Philadelphia producer, arranger, and songwriter born in Jamaica and died at the age of 79, was memorialized on Instagram by the Today host following his startling Twitter departure announcement this week.

“Thom Bell, a great Philadelphia producer, passed died at the age of 79,” Al wrote with a photo of Thom. “His music was the soundtrack of my life.”

“He was a part of the distinctive Sound Of Philadelphia, which includes The Spinners, The O’Jays, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and Elton John. I appreciate your present.”

Many of Al’s fans expressed their grief in the comments section, using crying-face and praying-hand emojis with their own personal condolences to the late musician.

“Such a devastating loss of an exceptional skill that was able to capture and create a sound like no other,” one of them said. “Enjoy your peace,” another said. ” The songs you supplied us are excellent. “

A third sent condolences and best wishes for Al’s quick recovery: “Despite the bad news, there is some good news. I hope you’re feeling better and getting stronger, since the @todayshow wouldn’t be the same without you.”

Al has had a difficult few weeks since, in addition to recovering from blood clots in his lungs, he received the tragic news that his sister Patricia had died unexpectedly shortly after he was released from the hospital.

The Today show host, who has been with the show for over 25 years, was hospitalized for more than two weeks after Thanksgiving due to blood clots.

Al gave viewers a house update last week. Al has now left the show. “It’s been challenging. I’m not going to mince words. I’ve had multiple surgeries, but this one has been the most challenging.

“There are many people and things for which I am grateful,” he concluded. “You appreciate the outpouring of prayers and appreciation as a result.”