Former NFL quarterback and current television analyst Doug Flutie tragically lost both of his parents today, within an hour of each other. Flutie broke the sad news on his personal Facebook page.
Along with a picture of his parents, Dick and Joan, Flutie posted the following:
“It is with a heavy heart that I am making this statement. This morning my family experienced the tragic loss of my father, Dick and mother, Joan. My Dad had been ill and died of a heart attack in the hospital and my Mom, less than an hour later had a sudden heart attack and passed away. They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it.
“I would like to honor my parents for all that they did throughout my and my brothers’ and sister’s lives. My parents were always there for their children, from the days my Dad coached us as kids and my Mom would work the concession stands, through to this morning. The most important part of their 56 years of marriage was providing opportunities to their children. They were incredible parents and Grandparents and my family and I will miss them both. On behalf of me and the entire Flutie family, I would like to thank you all for your well wishes and prayers during this difficult time.”
This is just plain awful. Losing one parent is hard enough, but both in one day? Thankfully, Flutie appears to have a strong support season and will have plenty of love to get him through this sad time.
Campus Sports sends its deepest condolences to Flutie and his family.
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