WATCH: Kathie Lee Gifford Relives the Moment She Had to Tell Her Daughter That Frank Had Died
On Friday’s (Aug. 21, 2015) episode of Today, the TV host shared new details about Frank’s passing. Not only did she reveal that the NFL Hall of Famer was in the best shape of his life before he died, but she also relived the moment she had to tell her daughter Cassidy that Frank had passed.
The hardest part of the day — other than finding Frank — was that we couldn’t get in touch with Cass because she was in the air. The worst thing you want to do is ever get news like that from a monitor when you’re walking, wherever you are. That’s where Cass was on her way to, but we got her home.
Cassidy was on a Delta Airlines flight to shoot her upcoming movie Angels and Outlaws alongside Chad Michael Murray, so the only way to let her know was for Kathie Lee to ask an airline employee to find her during a layover and tell her to call home.
Very few people are blessed enough to call their father a legend, and an even smaller number are able to share that notion with the rest of the world. Today of all days I can genuinely say I am humbled by the outpour of love and support my family has received. Yesterday, I lost my best friend… His kindness was infectious, and his grace, beyond compare .. And despite the worldly passing of an incredible man, I undoubtedly know heaven gained one stud of an angel. Philippians 4:13 has never rung so true.. You were an unparalleled Giant in all sense of the word, Dad.. So keep doin’ you up there, because no one does it better, and no one ever will.
Kathie Lee’s kids have been her biggest support. Just before she returned to work, her children said they would be joining her on her first day back. Kathie Lee’s co-star Hoda Kotb explained what it was like to have them on set:
Cody was standing, and he was just watching. He didn’t want to be on. He just had his arms folded, watching his mom to make sure she was OK. It was beautiful. It was really beautiful.
Watch the video of Kathie Lee the Today show below.