Former Boston College and NFL star Doug Flutie just announced that both of his parents tragically passed away on Wednesday — within one hour of each other.
According to Flutie, his father Dick had been battling health problems for some time and died from a heart attack. Less than one hour later, Flutie’s mother Joan also passed away after suffering an unexpected heart attack.
— DOUG FLUTIE (@DougFlutie) November 18, 2015
Flutie also memorialized his parents on Facebook:
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.
R.I.P. Dick and Joan Flutie.