Don Lemon’s family releases statement on the drowning death of his sister


UPDATE: CNN officials confirm the woman who drowned in Denham Springs Wednesday is the sister of CNN anchor Don Lemon.

A CNN official sent the following statement from the family.

“The Lemon / Grimes family would like to thank everyone for their condolences and prayers at this time. Our family has suffered the tragic loss of L’Tanya “Leisha” Lemon Grimes and we are leaning on each other for strength at this time. We appreciate privacy as we grieve the loss of our loved one.”

Residents of the Livingston Trace neighborhood where the drowning took place said it’s common to see people fishing in the retention ponds that are owned and maintained by the subdivision.

“There are always people back there fishing,” resident Louis Tims said. “It’s a hot spot on the weekends.”

Neighbors said they were shocked to hear 58-year-old L’Tanya Grimes drowned Wednesday in one of the ponds. Officials with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office said it appears she was fishing and tripped into the water.

“I was really surprised. I go to that particular pond all the time. I take my great-grandson down there,” Prudence Dunn said. 

Some residents said they felt the ponds were safe and well-maintained.

“You wouldn’t imagine something like that happening here,” Tims said.

Subdivision management said “our thoughts are with the family.”

Residents said, despite this time of grief, they hope the neighborhood is able to return to its typically lively nature.

“I don’t want this to deter anyone from being here and fishing. It’s a great place to live,” Tims said.


Lori Steele, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer said that a 58-year-old woman appears to have accidently drowned in the Livingston Trace Subdivision in Denham Springs.

The drowning victim has been identified as Ltanya Grimes of Denham Springs. 

Steele said that no foul play is suspected and the drowning happened in a neighborhood pond off of Avoyelles Ave.

Steele said, “it appears she was at the pond fishing and possibly tripped into the water.”

More information will be provided when it becomes available. 

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