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Kathie Lee Gifford Relives the Moment She Had to Tell Daughter Cassidy Her Father Frank Had Died

Kathie Lee Gifford Relives the Moment She Had to Tell Daughter Cassidy Her Father Frank Had Died

Originally posted 08/21/2015 11:15AM

Despite being back to work on Today, the terrible memory of finding her husband Frank Gifford dead in their home on Aug. 9 is still very fresh in Kathie Lee Gifford's mind.

She opened up about those shocking moments on Friday morning's show, with the help of longtime friend and former Live! co-host Regis Philbin.

"You know what I hadn't told people?" Gifford said early in the show. "He had just gotten the best medical report he'd had in eight years on Friday. He was doing great."

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Cody and Cassidy Gifford Speak Out About Losing Their 'Incredible' Dad

Cody and Cassidy Gifford Speak Out About Losing Their 'Incredible' Dad

Originally posted 08/20/2015 10:35AM

He may have been a legendary New York Giants player and an Emmy-winning sports broadcaster, but to his kids, Frank Gifford was simply dad.

Cody and Cassidy Gifford, the youngest of his five children, opened up to PEOPLE exclusively in this week's issue about the love and the loss they are feeling alongside their Kathie Lee Gifford following their dad's sudden death on August 9.

"For 22 years I was blessed with an incredible man to not just call my father, but also my friend," Cassidy, 22, tells PEOPLE. "So though I selfishly may want 22 more, my gratitude far outweighs my sadness."

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Regis Philbin Shares Memories of Frank Gifford's Happy Last Days: 'He Looked So Strong'

Regis Philbin Shares Memories of Frank Gifford's Happy Last Days: 'He Looked So Strong'

Originally posted 08/19/2015 10:20AM

It was a night like so many others.

On Saturday, Aug. 1, Regis Philbin and wife Joy visited close pals Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford at their Greenwich, Connecticut, home to enjoy dinner and drinks under the stars in their lush backyard.

"There Frank was, handsome as ever," Philbin tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week's issue. As his former Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee co-host offered up her signature candid stories – "She was, of course, a riot" – her husband, the dashing former New York Giants star and Emmy-winning sports broadcaster, "was smiling and laughing," says Philbin.

That night, says Philbin, Frank "looked so good, so strong and healthy." But just eight days later, Philbin learned that his dear friend had suddenly collapsed at home and died at age 84. "I just couldn't believe it," he says. "Nobody could."

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Kathie Lee Gifford on Losing Husband Frank: 'We Will Miss Him for the Rest of Our Lives'

Kathie Lee Gifford on Losing Husband Frank: 'We Will Miss Him for the Rest of Our Lives'

Originally posted 08/19/2015 07:00AM

Kathie Lee Gifford is heartbroken but staying strong, following the sudden death of Frank Gifford, her beloved husband of 29 years.

Much like she has done in the past, the Today show host describes the beloved sportscaster as the same kindhearted many viewers were so accustomed to hearing about in candid anecdotes throughout the years.

"Frank was a beautiful man with a beautiful, generous heart," Kathie Lee tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "He lived fully and loved deeply, and he leaves an amazing legacy of lives touched and changed."

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Why Kathie Lee Gifford Threw a Party Instead of a Funeral for Husband Frank

Why Kathie Lee Gifford Threw a Party Instead of a Funeral for Husband Frank

Originally posted 08/18/2015 08:45PM

A day after her emotional tribute to her late husband, Frank Gifford, Kathie Lee Gifford revealed on Tuesday's Today show that her family didn't have a funeral for the football great, who died on Aug. 9 at the age of 84.

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Kathie Lee Gifford's Tearful Return to Today After Frank's Death: 'He Would Want You to Know That He Died in Complete Peace'

Originally posted 08/17/2015 11:40AM



Kathie Lee Gifford returned to the Today show Monday for the first time since her husband Frank Gifford's death on Aug. 9.

The Today host opened the show with an emotional tribute to her late husband.

"He would want you to know that he died in complete peace," the Today show host said with tears in her eyes of Gifford, who died at 84 of natural causes. "He knew every sin he had committed was forgiven."

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Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford: A Decades-Long Love Story in Photos

Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford: A Decades-Long Love Story in Photos

Originally posted 08/11/2015 06:25PM

The husband and wife were together for 29 years before Frank's death; here, we look back at their most heart-tugging snapshots

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In Her Own Words: Kathie Lee Gifford's Candid Thoughts on Her 'Amazing' Husband Frank

In Her Own Words: Kathie Lee Gifford's Candid Thoughts on Her 'Amazing' Husband Frank

Originally posted 08/11/2015 01:50PM

NFL legend Frank Gifford died Sunday at the age of 84, leaving behind his wife of 29 years, Kathie Lee Gifford.

The Giffords' marriage – the second for the Today host and the third for the former New York Giants running back – was not without its ups and downs, but the pair endured scandals as a team and came out on the other side together.

For nearly three decades, Kathie Lee, 61, has been candid about how she made it last with her husband. Here's a look back at her most moving words about her marriage.

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Inside Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford's 29-Year Love Story

Inside Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford's 29-Year Love Story

Originally posted 08/11/2015 12:15AM

In a conversation with her friend Hoda Kotb on Sunday, Kathie Lee Gifford described her late husband Frank Gifford's life as "a triumph."

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Frank Gifford's Daughter Cassidy Pays Emotional Tribute to Her Father: 'I Lost My Best Friend'

Frank Gifford's Daughter Cassidy Pays Emotional Tribute to Her Father: 'I Lost My Best Friend'

Originally posted 08/10/2015 08:55PM

Cassidy Gifford has paid an emotional tribute to her father Frank Gifford.

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