Football legend Doug Flutie loses mother and father within one hour

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BOSTON — A heartbreaking Facebook announcement Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 18) from former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie. Flutie says his father died in the morning from a heart attack and within an hour, his mother did as well, also from a heart attack.

“They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it,” Flutie writes in his post.

Flutie says his parents were married for 56 years.

Not only is Flutie known for his college and professional football careers, he’s also the driving force behind the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.

Flutie posted a statement on his Facebook page:

“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.”

Flutie, 53, won the Heisman Trophy in college. He played for several NFL teams, including the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills.