Kathie Lee Gifford is finding a new way to move forward one year after Frank Gifford died


Kathryn “Kathie” Lee Gifford is an American television host, singer, songwriter, comedian, and actress, best known for her 15-year run (1985–2000) on the talk show Live! with Regis. She has received 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and won her first Daytime Emmy in 2010 as part of the Today team. A year after Frank Gifford died, Kathie Lee is finding a way to move forward.

“I’ve gotten through this past year the way I’ve gotten through every day of my life: faithfully trusting God to do what God does, which is to show up, redeem and restore,” the “Today” show host wrote in an open letter. “God doesn’t promise you a year. He promises you a day at a time. He broke life into 24-hour periods because that’s all we can handle. The next day, you reach for your fresh cup of mercy that you need every bit as much as the day before.”

On August 9, 2015, Gifford died from natural causes at his Greenwich, Connecticut home one week before his 85th birthday. In November 2015, Gifford’s family revealed that he had suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The family said, “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 … We decided to disclose our loved one’s condition to honor Frank’s legacy of promoting player safety dating back to his involvement in the formation of the NFL Players Association in the 1950s.”

Kathie Lee Gifford’s first television role was that of Tom Kennedy’s singer on the syndicated version of Name That Tune, from 1974 to 1978. She also appeared in television advertisements for Carnival Cruise Lines beginning in 1984. On April 7, 2008, Gifford began co-hosting the fourth hour of Today alongside Hoda Kotb. She also occasionally appears on the first three hours of Today and is a contributing NBC News correspondent.

“When I found Frank on that beautiful Sunday morning, he was already gone. The look on his face was complete and total wonder. I felt in that moment he saw Jesus, and Jesus took his breath away. That’s the way I want to go,” Kathie Lee wrote.

“He passed away still beautiful and one-week shy of 85. He went ready to go to church that day. And you know what, he sure did go to church that day!”

Following her divorce from Johnson in 1983, Gifford met sports commentator Frank Gifford during an episode of ABC’s Good Morning America.  The couple got married in October 1986 and had two children together: Cassidy, 23, and Cody, 26.

“We had Frank for a lot of years and we had him in great health and we have many, many memories. If you keep thinking about what you lost, you will fall in despair. Concentrate on what you still have and the memories and the knowledge that you will all be united one day,” she wrote.


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