A heartbroken Kathie Lee Gifford has taken to social media to thank fans and well-wishers for their “outpouring of grace,” following the death of her beloved husband, Frank Gifford, on Aug. 9. The former professional football player passed away at the age of 84 in the comfort of his family home in Connecticut.
“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,” tweeted Kathie Lee, who was married to the sports legend for 29 years.
Kathie’s good friend and co-host Hoda Kotb, who had been celebrating her birthday with her own loved ones over the weekend, said she was “heartbroken” about the news of Frank’s death. She posted a photo of the couple and herself on set, and sent her love to the Gifford family. “This is how I will remember #frankgifford — always making us laugh. But today I am heartbroken — love u klg xoxo”
— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) August 9, 2015
Hoda was overcome with emotion when talking about the sad news during her segment on Monday's episode of Today. Fighting back tears, she closed out her kind words about Frank with a special message to her dear friend, Kathie Lee, saying, "I miss you. I love you."
Frank's goddaughter Kendall Jenner, too, remembered him on what was supposed to be a lighthearted weekend with the Kardashian-Jenner clan celebrating sister Kylie Jenner’s 18th birthday. Sending her condolences via Twitter, she wrote: "Very sad day. Rest in Peace to my Godfather. The legend, Frank Gifford.”
very sad day. Rest in Peace to my Godfather. The legend, Frank Gifford.
— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) August 9, 2015
In a joint statement with her children, Cody and Cassidy Gifford, Kathie Lee had confirmed Frank’s loss on Sunday. “It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford,” read the statement. “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.”
Frank, who is also survived by three adult children from a previous marriage, was certainly familiar to morning TV watchers as Kathie Lee’s husband, but was known to generations of sports fans as an NFL and New York Giants legend who went on to host Monday Night Football for nearly three decades.