CONNECTICUT — Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford has died. He was 84.
In a statement released by NBC News on Sunday, his family said Gifford died suddenly at his Connecticut home of natural causes that morning.
A versatile star on both offense and defense in an era when NFL players were starting to specialize, Gifford went on to a successful second career as a broadcaster on “Monday Night Football.”
Gifford was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1956 when he led the New York Giants to a league championship.
Gifford is married to NBC anchor Kathie Lee Gifford, who hosts the 10 a.m. hour of “Today.”
The Gifford family released the following statement on his passing:
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.
The Gifford Family
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
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) August 9, 2015
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 9, 2015
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— Hugh Douglas (@Bighugh53) August 9, 2015
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 9, 2015