BOSTON — It’s the stuff movies are made of — a love story with a heart-breaking ending. Former NFL star Doug Flutie is dealing with a family tragedy in real life.
He’s best known as an All-American quarterback, a Heisman winner who threw a legendary Hail Mary pass 30 years ago. But of all the memorable dates, it’s safe to say November 18th is one Flutie will never forget. It’s the day he lost his parents, on the same day.
Flutie’s father Dick, who had been ill, died Wednesday morning from a heart attack. One hour later, his mother Joan had a sudden heart attack and died, too.
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.”
Sounds like an honorable duo indeed. Who knew the story of two broken hearts could be so heartbreaking?