NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel announced that his six-year-old son Henry has died after years of battling an incurable neurological disorder, Your Content has learned.
Engel, 48, shared the heartbreaking news in a joint statement with his wife, Mary Forrest, on Twitter Thursday, writing: ‘Our beloved son Henry passed away’
Henry was battling Rett Syndrome, a genetic mutation that leads to severe cognitive deficits and physical impairment.
The condition is rare, even more so in boys, and there is no cure.
Henry passed away on August 9, according to a memorial page on the Texas Children’s Hospital website.
The couple encouraged those who want to honor Henry’s memory to donate to the hospital’s Rett Syndrome research,‘according to Daily Beast.