Frank Gifford, the husband of Today show co-anchor Kathie Lee Gifford, famed sportscaster, and former New York Giants football player, died on Sunday, Aug. 9, at age 84.
The Gifford family released a statement in light of his passing, saying:
"It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford. Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers."
Kathie Lee also tweeted her thanks following the news of her husband's passing.
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 Gifford (@KathieLGifford) August 9, 2015
The Gifford family's close friends with the Kardashian-Jenner clan, and Frank's goddaughter Kendall Jenner took the time to share a message of love for Frank and his family.
very sad day. Rest in Peace to my Godfather. The legend, Frank Gifford.
— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) August 9, 2015
Frank played for 12 years on the New York Giants, was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977, and became a successful NFL sportscaster after retiring from the field.
Kathie Lee, 61, married the Hall of Famer in 1986 and the pair shared son Cody, 25, and daughter Cassidy, 22. Frank is also survived by his older three children, Jeff, Kyle, and Victoria, from his first marriage to Maxine Avis, plus five grandchildren.
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