Frank Gifford dead at Connecticut home at 84

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Kathy Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford attend the New York Giants Super Bowl Pep Rally Luncheon at Michael's on February 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for New York Giants)

NFL Hall of Famer Frank Gifford has passed away in his Connecticut home, according a statement from his family.

The former sportscaster was 84. His family says he died of natural causes.

He married NBC Today Show host, Kathie Lee, in 1986 and they had a home in Greenwich.

Gifford was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1956 when he led the New York Giants to a league championship.

He played for the Giants from 1952 to 1964.

After his playing career ended, he became a host on ‘Monday Night Football.’

His family released the following statement through NBC News:

“It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford. Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers.

The Gifford Family”