Kathie Lee Gifford: Frank Gifford’s Death Is “Not a Tragedy, His Life Is a Triumph”

Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford opened up about her late husband, Frank Gifford, to pal Hoda Kotb.  Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Celebrating life! On Sunday, Aug. 9, NFL star and sportscaster Frank Gifford died of natural causes at age 84 in his Connecticut home. His wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, was understandably absent from her Today show duties the next day, but her longtime pal and co-anchor, Hoda Kotb, honored Frank with the rest of the team from the NBC morning show. 

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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.’”

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Kotb previously tweeted a photo from Kathie Lee’s 60th birthday celebration on the show last year, which Frank attended. 

She wasn’t the only one to honor the late New York Giants Hall of Famer. His goddaughter Kendall Jenner also tweeted. 

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Other stars paid their respects to the fallen legend. 

Kathie Lee also tweeted her thanks to her followers on Sunday night. 

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