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Don Lemon’s Older Sister Dies in Accidental Drowning

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It’s a sad day for CNN commentator Don Lemon, who’s mourning the accidental death of his older sister L’Tanya Lemon Grimes.

Lemon’s sister reportedly fell into a local pond while fishing in Livingston Parish, Louisiana on Wednesday, reports PageSix.

Affectionately known Leisa, the 58-year-old is not suspected to have fallen in from foul play, but purely fell in accidentally.

Lemon’s family released an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, saying “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. We are leaning on each other for strength at this time. We appreciate privacy as we grieve the loss of our loved one.”

Distraught and emotional, Don Lemon paid tribute to his sister – better known as his “partner in crime” – on Twitter yesterday evening.

To Don and the entire Lemon/Grimes family, our hearts and prayers are with you.

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