Scott Simon, a radio host for NPR's "Weekend Edition," gave his mother, Patricia Simon Newman Gilband, a very public farewell.
For the last few days, Simon, who has more than a million followers on Twitter, has been tweeting odes and observations from his mother's bedside in an intensive-care unit in a Chicago hospital, where she was dying.
"It is a remarkable and moving moment," fellow NPR host Peter Sagal of "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" tweeted Saturday. "Pay attention."
On Monday at 7:17 p.m., Simon tweeted twice: "The heavens over Chicago have opened and Patricia Lyons Simon Newman has stepped onstage."
"She will make the face of heaven shine so fine that all the world will be in love with night."
A few of Simon's earlier hearfelt tweets are below.
Gilband appeared with her son on NPR in 2008, when the pair bantered as she shared stories from her life in Chicago. "Well, I think the thing I have learned from you -- number one, you're a beautiful companion," Gilband told Simon then. "You've always been a lot of fun. No matter what age, we all got -- we were compatible. We got along beautifully. … You've never lost your childlike sense of enthusiasm."
[Updated, 6:17 p.m. July 29: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that Scott Simon's mother died about 7:17 p.m. Chicago time.]