Al Roker, the longtime Today show anchor and our favorite weatherman, turned 69 years old on August 20.
Having in mind he has undergone several health scares over the course of the last 10 months, Al is happy to be celebrating another birthday surrounded by those he loves, his family and his many fans.
As always, he shared the joy of the day with his followers and thanked them for the support he received during the tough times he had faced. He also expressed his gratitude for the birthday wishes.
“Grateful for another trip around the sun,” he wrote in the caption.
“Good morning everybody, I hope you’re having a great Sunday. This is my 69th anniversary of orbiting the sun, and after everything I went through at the end of last year, I am more than grateful to be celebrating this birthday,” the weatherman started the video, referring to the health issues he experienced at the end of last year.
Back in November, 2022, Roker was admitted to hospital because of blood clots. Following concerns raised by his fans, Roker decided to share with them the reasons behind his absence from the show.
“So many of you have been thoughtfully asking where I’ve been,” he began his post. “Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs.” He then added that he was in a process of recovery, but some time later, his condition worsened and he was forced to return to the hospital once again. For the first in years, he was forced to miss the Thanksgiving Parade.
Earlier this year, he came back to the show and spoke candidly of his health condition, admitting something his fans weren’t aware of up until that moment.
This wasn’t the first time for the TV personality to experience health issues. Two years ago, he revealed he’d been diagnosed with prostate cancer and had to have an organ removed. On top of it, he had undergone several surgeries to help him with his hip and knees issues.
His wife, Deborah Roberts, also spoke of Al’s hospitalization, saying, “This was terrifying at every minute.
“It was like the worst roller coaster ride you have ever been on.” Luckily, Al Roker lived to tell his story.
“To all of you who sent good wishes and well wishes over this past year, God bless you, thank you so much, I really appreciate it,” he continued in his birthday video.
The weatherman added just how grateful he is for his TODAY family and his own family.
Speaking of his health, Al says that it was his walking habit that helped him stay alive and encouraged his fans to get outside and spend time in the nature. That is why fans were thrilled to see him taking a walk while taking the video on his 69th birthday.
Happy birthday, Al Roker, and many more to come.
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