NFL Hall of Famer and broadcaster Frank Gifford is dead at the age of 84.  After his playing days, Gifford was in the booth with Howard Cosell and Don Meredith on ABC's "NFL Monday Night Football" until 1997. 

In a statement to NBC News, the Gifford family said he died of natural causes suddenly at their Connecticut home this morning. 

The statement reads:

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.

Gifford was married to NBC's "Today" show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford and they have two children, Cody and Cassidy.  Gifford was the NFL's MVP in 1956 when he played for the New York Giants. 

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