Last year, Gifford spoke about the lessons her mom taught her while she was growing up in Maryland, among them acting like a "lady", staying out of the sun and pursuing her goals. Gifford's father, Aaron Epstein, died in 2002.
Gifford was quickly inundated with messages of support, with her co-host Hoda Kotb and hundreds of fans sharing their condolences.
Gifford's 24-year-old daughter Cassidy, who is also an actress and has starred in "The Gallows" and "God's Not Dead" among others, also paid tribute to her grandmother.
"[She's] the sunniest person I know, except for maybe Hoda [Kotb]".
She was only 17 years old when she left home to pursue her career, and both of her parents were all for it. "It can be 10 days of rain, and she'll say, 'You know, I like a rainy day".
They wanted Kathie Lee to follow her passion, and that is the same parenting style she used with her own kids. Pictured: The television personality and comedienne attending "From Book to Screen" panel during the 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival in CT on June 12, 2016.