Frank Gifford Honored by Daughter Cassidy Gifford: “Heaven Gained One Stud of an Angel”

Frank Gifford, Kathie Lee Gifford, Cassidy Gifford and Cody Gifford
Cassidy Gifford remembers her late dad Frank Gifford -- read her touching tribute Steve Mack/Getty Images

Cassidy Gifford took to Instagram on Monday, Aug. 10, to pen a touching tribute to her late father and “best friend” Frank Gifford following his Aug. 9 death.

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“Very few people are blessed enough to call their father a legend, and an even smaller number are able to share that notion with the rest of the world,” Kathie Lee Gifford’s 22-year-old daughter captioned a throwback photo with her famous dad. “Today of all days I can genuinely say I am humbled by the outpour of love and support my family has received. Yesterday, I lost my best friend… His kindness was infectious, and his grace, beyond compare..And despite the worldly passing of an incredible man, I undoubtedly know heaven gained one stud of an angel. Philippians 4:13 has never rung so true.. You were an unparalleled Giant in all sense of the word, Dad.. So keep doin’ you up there, because no one does it better, and no one ever will.”

Frank Gifford and family
Frank Gifford, Kathie Lee Gifford, Cassidy Gifford and Cody Gifford Steve Mack/Getty Images

Frank, an NFL star and sportscaster, died of natural causes yesterday in their Connecticut home. Kathie Lee, who was absent from the Today show on Monday, told co-host and BFF Hoda Kotb that Frank’s death shouldn’t be mourned, but celebrated.

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“Kath said something to me yesterday,” Kotb said during Monday’s segment. “She said, ‘This is not a tragedy.’ I was holding her hand, and she said, ‘A 4-year-old girl having cancer is a tragedy. Frank lived to be almost 85.’ She said, ‘He lived an incredible life, has an incredible family, had an incredible legacy.’ She said, ‘His life is a triumph.”

“Deeply grateful to all 4 ur outpouring of grace. We r steadfast in our faith & finding comfort in knowing where Frank is. Phillippians 4:13,” Kathie Lee added on Twitter following the news.

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Frank is also survived by their son Cody, as well as his three children from his first marriage, Jeff, Kyle, and Victoria.

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