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Stephen A. Smith Addresses The Passing Of His Mother

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ESPN's Stephen A. Smith addressed the passing of his mother, Janet Smith, early this morning.

If you've tuned into ESPN's First Take at all this week, then you've probably noticed Stephen A. Smith has been absent from the show. He's been away taking care of his sick mother, Janet Smith, and this morning, she passed away after a battle with cancer.

He released a statement via the First Take Twitter account this morning:

Here's what it says, in full:

“My mom would always joke with me about how I never got my mouth from her. What she never knew, what she couldn’t possibly know, is that I never cared too much about not measuring up to her because I always knew perfection lied with her. She is the best mom I have ever known. The best woman I’ve ever known. The best person I’ve ever known. The best friend I ever had. Her will, her core decency, her words of encouragement, her unwavering belief and undying devotion to me, to our family not only weather unimaginable storms that uplifted us in the worst of times. I also reminded my family that, indeed, God is forever looking out for us.

Her presence alone was enough to explain the blessings He bestowed upon our family, just by choosing her to be our mom! In my lifetime I have never encountered anyone more worthy of love, kindness and God’s heavenly grace than mommy. In my mind, I never will.

She loved God. She loved us too. He took care of her.

So she took care of us. If we were hungry, it was because she was starving. When she suffered, it was because we were spared! No words can explain how wonderful she was, what she means to me, to us all. And there is no way to measure the pain of losing her now. Perhaps the only solace at this moment comes from knowing where she is: home. At peace! Finally! No ending can be more beautiful than that, especially for someone so worthy of God’s grace as her. Forgive me, however, for wishing it didn’t hurt so badly. So desperately wishing she was still here!”

Our thoughts are with the Smith family during this difficult time.