National Football League (NFL) legend Doug Flutie is best known for the Hail Mary pass he did during the 1984 game against Miami which led to their team’s win and was later hailed as one of the greatest plays in collegiate sports history. But even before the “Miracle of Miami” happened, Doug was already set to win the 1984 Heisman Trophy.
Doug has become a legend in the NFL (he was quarterback of the New England Patriots from 1987 to 1989) and the Canadian Football League.
Now 53 years old, Doug received a double blow this week when both his parents died within an hour of each other.
Richard Flutie died of a heart attack on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Although Richard had been suffering from heart problems, his wife Joan Flutie had been fine yet she also died of a heart attack less than an hour after he passed away.
Doug posted on his Facebook page, “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. They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it.”
He added, “My Dad coached us as kids and my Mom would work the concession stands. They were incredible parents and my family and I will miss them both.”
It is sad that Doug lost both parents at about the same time but this just goes to show that these two were so in love with each other that they just could not live long without the other…What a bittersweet story.