Bobbie Thomas's husband Michael Marion had a stroke at the age of 40 in 2019 and passed away on December 1, 2020.
Today Show style contributor Bobbie Thomas, 46, revealed that she lost her husband, Michael Marion, 42, a year after he had an ischemic stroke, as per USA Today. Marion passed away on December 1, 2020, and the heartbroken Thomas shared her grief with the world almost a week later. They had a son, Miles, 5, together, and earlier this year, she had shared an update about his health that had given her some hope.
Now, several months later, "nothing is normal" for Thomas anymore. In an Instagram post, which shows her kissing Marion, she wrote, "Maybe nothing will ever be normal again. For me, it won’t. My husband is gone. 💔"
"With all the fear, anger, and division going on in the world right now, it’s so easy to get upset about the lack of normalcy. But I beg you, everyone reading this, hold onto what you do have right now instead of focusing on what you don’t. One thing we all have is kindness. Absorb it, extend it, exhaust it. Because in the end, the ONLY thing that matters is love. If you’re lucky enough to have it, please appreciate it, every moment, every day. Especially during the hard parts. There will never be enough time and some of our forevers are much too short. As I type through tears, I embrace gratitude ... holding our precious son Miles and memories, of the time I did have with Michael, closer to my broken heart. Thank you all for the love and support you’ve shown us and our families. Please go hug the people you love," she added.
According to his obituary, Marion was a graduate of the University of Michigan, the George Washington School of Law, and the NYU School of Law, and was a partner and office practice leader in the Tax Transactions group at Mayer Brown LLP. He was described as "beloved by his many friends, colleagues, and extended family." "He had a smile that lit up every room he entered" and passed away after a "heroic struggle," it read.
The couple got married in 2013 and had a child after multiple rounds of IVF. Earlier this year, she shared a video of her husband picking their son up for the first time in a year. "A moment like this - the first time Michael was able to pick Miles up for a hug since his stroke - is why I temporarily stepped away from social media the past few months," Thomas wrote, adding that she had much to feel grateful about like "my wedding anniversary (#7!), Father's Day, Miles' last day of Pre-K, the first day of summer, and of course Michael's continued recovery."
In October 2020, she had shared the sweetest photo of her small family on Marion's birthday. "So much to celebrate with this wonderful man. Please help me wish my hubby the happiest of birthdays," she wrote.
In May 2020, she told Today show viewers that her husband began walking with assistance. He had returned home in a wheelchair after the stroke, and she called the development "amazing." "If a year ago you told me what I was going to be dealing with a year out, it would've been too overwhelming. I think that focusing day by day on what was in front of us, it's amazing because now we feel so fortunate. We celebrate every little victory. It's hard to appreciate those small things if we look ahead," she added, as per Today Show.