Richard Engel’s 6-Year-Old Son Henry Dies

Henry Engel, a 6-year-old boy who had been battling the rare hereditary neurological condition Rett Syndrome for years,

according to Richard Engel. The 48-year-old top foreign correspondent for NBC News tweeted the tragic update on Thursday.

According to a memorial page on the Texas Children’s Hospital website, Henry, whom Richard and his wife Mary shared,

“Henry, our dear son, passed away. He glowed with an infectious laugh, the sweetest blue eyes, and a simple smile.