Heather Gray, the executive producer of The Talk, passed away at the age of 50 on Saturday

The cause of death has not yet been released, but a letter sent to CBS employees noted that she had been battling an illness.

Gray began working on the talk show during the first season as a senior supervising producer before being promoted to co-executive producer in 2011

In 2019, she was named as an executive producer and earned two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment

Gray also won a NAACP Image Award in 2016.

The executive producer also worked on The Tyra Banks Show from 2006 to 2010 as a supervising producer and won two Daytime Emmy Awards

The outlet printed the letter sent to CBS employees announcing the sad news.

She was an inspiration to us all, living and thriving while bravely battling an unforgiving disease.

She showed us what true courage looks like. Heather has been the heart and soul of ‘The Talk’ from day one.

Her brilliance as an innovative producer was only outmatched by her huge smile and infectious laugh.

She was an admired, beloved mama bear of your family and a leader that all looked up to.

Her contributions to the success of the show are immeasurable, but more importantly,

she was a boss that proved you can lead with kindness, caring and friendship.

Heather was everyone’s friend, everyone’s champion, everyone’s favorite person on the set.”