Former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie announced Wednesday that his parents, Dick and Joan, died within an hour of each other Wednesday morning.
Flutie’s father “had been ill” and died of a heart attack while in the hospital, Flutie said. His mother had a heart attack “less than an hour later,” Flutie said.
“They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it,” wrote on Facebook.
Flutie, 53, played college football at Boston College and won the Heisman Trophy in 1984. That same year, he led BC to a win over Miami with a famous Hail Mary pass. He played 21 pro seasons in the USFL, CFL and NFL, and is currently a commentator for NBC’s Notre Dame coverage.
- Dan Gartland