CNN correspondent Rene Marsh and her husband Kedric Payne's two-year-old son tragically passed away from brain cancer.
The couple welcomed their son, Blake, on March 14, 2019.
Who is CNN correspondent Rene Marsh?
Marsh, 38, is an American journalist who is widely recognized for her work as a senior correspondent for CNN.
The 39-year-old is CNN's government regulation and transportation correspondent, based in the network's Washington bureau.
While at the network, Marsh has covered major events that include the disappearance of the commercial plane MH370, the shooting of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, as well as Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban into the US.
Prior to her post at CNN, Marsh served as a weekend anchor and investigative reporter at CBS 6 in Albany, New York.
Who is CNN correspondent Rene Marsh's husband?
Marsh's husband, Payne is an attorney who works for the Department of Energy.
The two began dating in 2015, after meeting at a party held at the Howard Theatre in Washington DC.
After two years of dating, Payne popped the question to the journalist.
In November 2017, Marsh and Payne married in a wedding ceremony in Virginia.
What happened to the couples 2-year-old son?
On April 15, the CNN correspondent announced the death of her 2-year-old son from brain cancer.
Marsh shared the news in a heartbreaking Instagram post, saying she'd "lost all the dreams and hopes that a mom has for a son".
Marsh's post included a carousel of photos of the toddler, Blake, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2019.
“To my dear sweet Blake aka ‘Blakey’, In your 25 months on earth you taught me how much strength I had stored up in reserve that I didn’t know I had.
“You taught me endurance. You taught me a depth of love I have never experienced. You inspired me to keep going when I wanted to give up. You helped me prioritize what is truly important in this life," she added.
Marsh wrote that Blake had an impact on her that went beyond his short life.
“I am forever changed because of you, my son. I feel blessed and honored to have been your mom. I wish we had more time together but I’m grateful for the time we had.
“In just two years you mastered the ability to bring laughter and happiness into whatever room you were in. Your party tricks included telling me ‘no,’ no matter what question I asked, hugging and kissing on demand and your dance moves were top notch.”
Marsh also chronicled what brought Blake joy, while trying to come to grips with being a mother who has lost a child
“The good times we shared are forever in my heart. You loved being outside. You loved cruising the neighborhood in your drop top electric car, with the music on as you tried so hard to snap your fingers. You loved humming classical music. Your favorite was Mozart’s Serenade no. 13.
“I didn’t just lose you Blakey, I lost all the dreams and hopes that a mom has for a son. I lost my motherhood and I’m mourning it all.”
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Marsh said she will now make it her mission to eradicate childhood cancer so no one else has to endure what she has.
“I am dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer for the rest of my life. I will do it not just to spare other parents from this unbearable pain but I will do it to forever honor you, Blake.
"Your life was not in vain my sweet angel. Mommy loves you and I look forward to holding and kissing you when we meet again."