Dr. Phil McGraw and wife Robin are mourning the loss of her sister Cindi Broaddus, who passed away on Monday, Feb. 19. She was 68.
According to Broaddus’ obituary in the Duncan Banner, funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 23, which would have been her 69th birthday.
Robin McGraw paid tribute to her sister by reposting on Instagram a collage of photos taken throughout the years.
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I am reposting @branlo35 post….I am so proud of you and Angela and Shelli. We are all heartbroken and will miss her everyday. She was our hero. You 3 all made her life a dream. She lived everyday for her daughters and you always made her the happiest woman ever! I will celebrate her and her strength and her unwavering support for me the rest of my life. I miss her dearly.
Broaddus, the obituary states, was the victim of “a random act of violence” 17 years ago “when someone threw a jar of sulfuric acid off an overpass. This one act started her journey of courage and the inspiration for her book A Random Act. Spreading her message of courage, she inspired a multitude of people. She was brave until the very end.”
The acid, reports People, burned 70 per cent of Broaddus’ body, including her face, leading her to endure 12 surgeries to repair the damage.
Broaddus later appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show to discuss the accident.
“My family knows firsthand the courage it takes to survive a moment of crisis,” said McGraw on the show. “My first guest, Cindi, is my wife’s sister. For Cindi, the horrible moment came when a maniac did the unthinkable.”
During her “Dr. Phil” appearance, Broaddus recollected the horrific incident.
“I knew I was dying, and I had a very calm peace about me because I had a message that came to me that I had to get through… ‘You have got to tell my children how much I love them and that I’m not ready to leave them,’” she said. “I’ve decided not to wake up every day bitter and angry.”