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‘The Today Show’ Mourns Tragic Death

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Tragic news for fans of The Today Show as the cast and crew are mourning a tragic death this morning. Both past and present individuals who have had the pleasure of working on the talk show have taken to social media to pay tribute to a member of The Today Show family that passed away. Who died? Who has paid tribute to their passing? Keep reading for the details.

The Today Show mourns a tragic death

Mark Traub, a longtime former stage manager and director of NBC’s The Today Show has passed away. Katie Couric was among the first to pen a beautiful tribute to Mark this morning. Katie revealed that the former stage manager passed away after losing a lengthy battle with leukemia.

She penned in a tribute attached to a photo of herself embracing her late friend: “I loved Mark and we remained friends after we both left the show. He was the one who you could hear laughing in the background (even when the jokes weren’t that funny) and was really the heart and soul of Today.”

Mark was also tremendously helpful when I was writing my book. I am sending all my love to his wonderful wife Lisa. Thank you Mark for being such a kind, decent, intelligent and caring man. You were great at your job and great at this thing called life. Enjoy yours, everyone. Things can change in an instant.”

Outside of what is being mentioned in his tributes from former co-workers, not much is known about his death at this time.


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He retired from the talk show in 2019

The talk show officially said goodbye to Mark back in January 2019 when he headed into retirement. The talk show penned on their official Instagram post at the time: “Today, we said goodbye to Mark Traub, our beloved senior stage manager. Help us congratulate him as he heads into retirement after nearly 40 years with NBC!”


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Many who watched The Today Show when Mark Traub was an active stage manager didn’t know his face. But, they remembered him for his infectious laugh from behind the cameras.

Rest in peace, Mark Traub.

[Feature Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC]

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