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Kathie Lee Gifford is understandably still in mourning.

With the support of colleagues Hoda Kotb and Regis Philbin on NBC's Today Friday, Kathie Lee shared new details about Frank Gifford's passing at age 84 on Aug. 9. "You know what I hadn't told people? He had just gotten the best medical report he'd had in eight years on Friday," the host revealed. "He was doing great."

Regis agreed that Frank appeared to be healthy at a recent dinner. "When the Lord calls you home, you go home. What are you going to do, argue with the Lord?" said Kathie Lee, whose faith has only strengthened since his death. "I don't think so."

Kathie Lee said she and son Cody Gifford, 25, who was home at the time of Frank's passing, had to tell Cassidy Gifford, 22. "The hardest part of the day—other than finding Frank—was that we couldn't get in touch with Cass because she was in the air," Kathie Lee said of her actress daughter, who was on a Delta Airlines flight to Santa Fe, N.M., to shoot her upcoming movie Outlaws and Angels with co-star Chad Michael Murray. An airline employee managed to find Cassidy during a layover in Minnesota and told her to call home. "The worst thing you want to do is ever get news like that from a monitor while you're walking wherever you are," Kathie Lee told her friends. "We got her home and we pulled the wagons together."

"He (Frank Gifford) had just gotten the best medical report he had in 8 years," Kathie Lee Gifford told Hoda Kotb and Regis. http://on.today.com/1MIsKr7

Posted by Kathie Lee and Hoda on Friday, August 21, 2015

Kathie Lee took the next week off work, and just before she returned to Studio 1A in Rockefeller Plaza, her children said they would be joining her. "They were sitting in the kitchen waiting for me," Kathie Lee said. "I said, 'What are you guys doing up?' They said, 'We're going to go in with you, Mom.'"

"Cody was standing, and he was just watching. He didn't want to be on," Hoda said. "He just had his arms folded, watching his mom to make sure she was OK."

"It was beautiful," she added. "It was really beautiful."

Regis, who has known the children for years, said, "They're great kids."

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