Al Roker has much to celebrate this year as he rings in his 69th birthday. The beloved host documented his special day on Sunday, telling fans he's feeling «grateful» after a year filled with health complications. «This is my 69th anniversary of orbiting the sun and after everything I went through at the end of last year, I am more than grateful to be celebrating this birthday,» he said in a video shared to Instagram, taken while he was out enjoying a solo walk in the sunshine. «To all of you who sent good wishes and well wishes over this past year, God bless you.
Thank you so much, I appreciate it.» Roker, who has long been known for his commitment to walking and exercise, has had to adjust his wellness routine following long stints in the hospital late last year due to blood clots in his leg that ultimately veered to his lungs.
After more than two months away from the morning show, Roker made his triumphant return to the program on Jan. 6, when he and Deborah Roberts — his wife of nearly 30 years — sat down and revealed he was «very, very, very sick» and that his mere presence in the studio was major because he proved to be «a living, breathing miracle.»Then, in May, Roker underwent a total knee replacement surgery.
In his message on Sunday, Roker offered shout-outs to his and show family. «And, of course, family,» he continued, referencing Roberts, daughters Leila Roker and Courtney Roker Laga, and son Nick Roker.«A lot to be grateful for on this birthday.