Former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie's parents die within an hour of each other

ByJennifer Matarese via WABC logo
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Doug Flutie is seen at the DOVE Men+Care Play-by-Play on Fatherhood, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

NEW YORK -- Former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie said Wednesday that both of his parents died on the same day -- within an hour of each other.

Richard and Joan Flutie both died Wednesday morning. He says that they had been married for 56 years.

Flutie posted that his father had been ill and died of a heart attack and that not even an hour later, his mother suffered the same fate.

He believes that she died of a broken heart.

Flutie won the Heisman Trophy while at Boston College after throwing a "Hail Mary" pass to win a game against Miami in 1984.

His career spanned several NFL and CFL teams including the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and the Buffalo Bills.