The View co-hosts and crew members are mourning the loss of one of their own after former staffer Lauren Brennan Anglero died at the age of 39 from ovarian cancer.
Diagnosed with the disease just months ago, Angelo, who started her 16-year career at ABC working on The View, also serving as Barbara Walters‘ assistant and working on several other series, passed away earlier this week, leaving behind her husband, Jerry Anglero, and two children, twins Aubrey and Mason.
“We have a tough goodbye to say,” Whoopi Goldberg began the ABC talk show on Thursday, October 25.
“We want to mention the passing of a former staff member, Lauren Brennan Anglero, who worked here for many years. This is a very sad story. She worked at ABC for 16 years, and her first job was at The View. She was only 39 years old,” Joy Behar said. “She leaves behind her husband, Jerry, and two lovely twins. Our hearts go out to her family. It’s a very, very, sad story. A 39-year-old girl. And it was a short illness, and she just passed.”
During the daytime segment, Goldberg went on to encourage women to get screened for breast cancer, telling the audience and viewers, “If you’re walking around today, make sure you check yourself. Make sure you’re doing fine.”
Both a GoFundMe page and a Facebook fundraiser have been created in the wake of Anglero’s death in an effort to “ease the financial burden” on the family, including her twins, who were born prematurely and will require medical care for the remainder of their lives.