Carson Daly Talks Stepfather's Death in 'Today' Return
The 'Voice' host's mother died five weeks earlier, after having a heart attack.
Just two days after losing his stepfather to bone cancer, Carson Daly returned to work on NBC's Today and talked about losing the man who'd been in his life since he was 5 years old.
"I feel so bad. Everybody, when they see me, they say, 'I'm so sorry,'" Daly told his Today colleagues, thanking them for their support during the difficult time. "It's been a rough month for my family," he said.
Richard Caruso, whom Daly referred to as "Pops," was 85. His death occurred just five weeks after his wife, Daly's mother, Pattie Daly Caruso, died at the age of 73.
The Voice host explained that Caruso came into his life following the death of his biological father when he was 5 years old. Caruso married Daly's mother three years later, and the couple remained married up until their deaths. "He's my role model, my mentor, an incredible guy," Daly said of his stepfather. "Old school. Grew up in the Depression. One of those guys who knew life was going to be hard. Led by example, not by words."
Daly mentioned that it is hard to grasp the events of the past five weeks considering that both of his parents were healthy in June, but Caruso's health had been depleting in recent months.
"We were so blessed to have them both. They were incredible," he said of his parents. "I realize the more pain that I feel losing my parents is testament to how much of an impact they made in my life, and they clearly equipped me with the tools to be able to handle it. That's because they were incredible parents, and I hope to pass that down."
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