Kathie Lee Gifford‘s husband, professional football player Frank Gifford, died suddenly over the summer and it was just revealed by the family that he was suffering from brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (aka CTE).
CTE is the disease at the center of Will Smith‘s new movie Concussion, and has been found to effect football players due to their frequent head trauma.
“After losing our beloved husband and father, Frank Gifford, we as a family made the difficult decision to have his brain studied in hopes of contributing to the advancement of medical research concerning the link between football and traumatic brain injury,” the statement began. “While Frank passed away from natural causes this past August at the age of 84, our suspicions that he was suffering from the debilitating effects of head trauma were confirmed when a team of pathologists recently diagnosed his condition as that of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)–a progressive degenerative brain disease.”
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