The death of Frank Gifford, the Hall of Fame NFL football legend and celebrated sportscaster, and the husband of Kathie Lee Gifford has brought forth numerous reactions on Twitter as sports figures, Hollywood stars, celebrities and public figures gave their condolences, shared memories and offered. Here is a roundup of what is being said.
The sad news broke on Sunday afternoon on August 9th, interrupting the usual Sunday political gab as the sports and entertainment world and the world at large took note of the passing of a true legend.
The family issued a statement confirming the death of Frank Gifford, at age, 84, which said in part, “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.”
Gifford began his long and storied career in sports as an NFL football star, and was with the New York Giants in the 1950s and inducted into the Hall of Fame. He later became a celebrated sportscaster of Monday Night Football, originally alongside Howard Cossell and Don Meredith. He married Katie Lee Gifford, Today Show fourth hour co-anchor, in 1986.
With the announcement of his sudden and unexpected death making news around the world, social media was soon flooded with tributes as sports figures, media personalities, Hollywood stars, music artists, celebrities, public figures and fans offered condolences and tributes
Here is a roundup of what is being said of Frank Gifford and his legacy.
Frank Gifford was an awesome gentleman. My prayers are with @KathieLGifford and their kids.
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) August 9, 2015
So sorry to hear of the passing of Frank Gifford one of the very good guys. Prayers for his family. To Frank godspeed pic.twitter.com/ybKLKcVbTh
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) August 9, 2015
— Kathie Lee and Hoda (@klgandhoda) August 9, 2015
We lost a great friend, father, husband and legend. Most of all, a terrific human being. Frank Gifford, Kathie Lee's beloved passed this am
— Al Roker (@alroker) August 9, 2015
So sorry to just learn of passing of Hall of Famer Frank Gifford May he RIP
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) August 9, 2015
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) August 9, 2015
RIP Frank Gifford: old-school football giant; old school broadcaster – Gifford, Meredith, Cosell can never be surpassed.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) August 9, 2015
RIP Frank Gifford
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 9, 2015
With Frank Gifford’s passing, the iconic Monday Night Football booth of my youth—along with Cosell & Meredith—is gone. RIP, Giffer.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) August 9, 2015
My generation learned to love the @nfl every Monday night with Frank Gifford.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) August 9, 2015
It doesn't get much better looking than a young Frank Gifford. pic.twitter.com/Gg6F0PMRjG
— Peter Lattman (@peterlattman) August 9, 2015
Reactions to the death of Frank Gifford continue to pour in, as #FrankGifford and #RIPFrankGifford continue to be trending topics on Twitter and many continue to share their thoughts, memories, appreciation for the football and broadcast legend and condolences for his widow, Katie Lee Gifford and the family.
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