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Former NFL player loses both parents on same day

Former NFL player loses both parents on same day
Posted at 2:05 PM, Nov 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-18 17:05:34-05

Former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie took to Facebook on Wednesday to share the heartbreaking story of the death of both of his parents.

According to the post, Flutie's father, Dick, had been ill for some time and suffered a heart attack on Wednesday morning. Less than an hour later, his mother, Joan, suffered a heart attack of her own and also passed away.

"They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it," he said in the post.



It is with a heavy heart that I am making this statement. This morning my family experienced the tragic loss of my...

Posted by Doug Flutie on Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Flutie rose to prominence as the quarterback of Boston College in the mid-1980s. He played nearly 20 years of professional football in the NFL, the United States Football League (USFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL). Since retiring from football in 2005, he's worked in broadcasting and is currently a color commentator for Notre Dame football on NBC.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.