Kathie Lee Gifford Says Frank Gifford’s Death “Not a Tragedy, His Life Is a Triumph”

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Frank Gifford passed away yesterday in his sleep, but his wife Kathie Lee Gifford says his death is not a ‘tragedy.’ Kathie, who was not on the Today Show this morning, told her co-star Hota Kotb. “Kath said something to me yesterday. She said, ‘This is not a tragedy.’ I was holding her hand, and she said, ‘A 4-year-old girl having cancer is a tragedy. Frank lived to be almost 85. He lived an incredible life, has an incredible family, had an incredible legacy.’ She said, ‘His life is a triumph.’” Nicely said!

On Sunday the Gifford family released a statement, “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.”

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