Kathie Lee Gifford is speaking out after the death of her husband, Frank Gifford, leaning on her faith and saying she is comforted to know that he is in a better place.
Frank Gifford died of natural causes on Sunday at age 84. After an outpouring of love and support for Kathie Lee and her family, the Today Show host spoke out and thanked those who reached out and remembered Frank.
Kathie Lee Gifford also shared a bible verse as she remembered her late husband.
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
Kathie Lee is not the only family member speaking out. The Gifford family also released a statement remembering Frank and thanking those who reached out with their support.
The statement was released, via Fox6Now.
“It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford.
“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.”
Many across the NFL are also remembering the New York Giants legend. The team’s owner, John Mara, called him “the face of our franchise” and a “treasured member of the family.” Gifford was very close to the Mara family, and when Gifford was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976 it was Mara’s father, Wellington, who spoke for him.
“For my siblings and me, Frank was like a revered older brother whom we looked up to and admired. We loved him and will miss him terribly,” Mara said.
Frank Gifford spoke often about his love for wife Kathie Lee Gifford. In 1993 Frank opened up to Larry King about the first time he met Kathie when he was filling in for David Hartman on Good Morning America.
“I was putting my contact lenses in, and I’m bending over at the thing, and I had nothing but my shorts on, and she made some comment…about something about, ‘I’ve seen a lot of tight ends…’ but just kept right on walking down the hall,” Gifford told King. “And I asked who that was, and it was Kathie Lee Johnson. And I’d seen her on television, and I could not believe how unbelievably up she was. But that’s her.”
Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford were married for 29 years and had two children together.
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