Frank Gifford, the former New York Giants two-way star, NFL Hall of Famer and broadcaster for ABC’s Monday Night Football, has died at the age of 84. The news of Gifford’s passing was confirmed by his family via a statement relayed by NBC News. According to the release, Frank Gifford died suddenly of natural causes in his Connecticut home.
Below is the statement from the Gifford family:
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.
Gifford is survived by his wife, “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” host Kathie Lee Gifford.
Gifford played all 12 of his pro seasons with the Giants. Following his NFL career, Gifford joined ABC’s Monday Night Football broadcasts, where he was the play-by-play announcer who succeeded Keith Jackson, from 1971 until 1998.
Gifford was born on Aug. 16, 1930, in Santa Monica. He played college at the University of Southern California.
(Via NBC News)