NFL Star Doug Flutie's Parents Tragically Pass, One Of A Broken Heart

Former NFL star, Doug Flutie, is well-known for his "Hail Mary" pass for Boston College that won the game against Miami in 1984. He was also awarded the Heisman Trophy that year.

Sadly, he shared the news of his parents' death on his Facebook page. He wrote, "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."

He continued to write "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."

Dr. Ilan Wittstein, an assistant professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore said that stress cardiomyopathy, also known as "broken heart syndrome" is caused by sudden emotional stress. He stated, "The heart's really only temporarily broken. Most people do recover but you can be sick enough to die from this."

Flutie is currently an analyst for NBC's coverage of Notre Dame football.

Photo: Chicago Tribune

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