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Bob Kraft's wife dies after battle with cancer

Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:08 am
Edited on: July 20, 2011 12:12 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Some sad news from the NFL world today as Robert Kraft's wife Myra died Wednesday morning at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer, the team announced.

"Words cannot express the deep sorrow that we feel in learning of the passing of Myra Hiatt Kraft," the Patriots said in a statement released by the team. "Myra passed away early this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. We are all heartbroken. The global philanthropic community and the New England Patriots family have suffered a great loss.”

Mrs. Kraft's tragic passing juxtaposes the current labor negotiations with the NFL in that it reminds us, quite clearly, how unimportant football really is in terms of the grand scheme of things.

It's also a testament to the dedication of Kraft to his organization in that he spearheaded many of these negotiation sessions despite his wife's serious illness.

"On behalf of all NFL players, I want to offer my deepest sympathies to Bob and the Kraft," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement. "I know how much he loves Myra. We mourn her loss and my heart goes out to a great man and his family. Myra will be missed."

Mrs. Kraft was well-known for being heavily involved in philanthropic causes, serving on the boards of the American Repertory Theatre and United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and Brandeis University.

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