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Former NFL player says parents died less than an hour apart

Football legend, former New England Patriots and Canadian football quarterback, Doug Flutie, said on social media Wednesday that his parents died less than an hour apart.

In a post on Facebook, Flutie announced that his father Dick, and mother, Joan, both died within the same hour.

Flutie posted that his dad had been ill and died of a heart attack in the hospital and his mom, less than an hour later, suddenly died of a heart attack.

"They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it," Flutie posted.

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 wrote that he would like to honor his parents for all they did for him and his siblings.

"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," he wrote. "The most important part of their 56 years of marriage was providing opportunities to their children."

Flutie concluded the post by thanking everyone for their well wishes and prayers during this difficult time.

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