Kathie Lee Gifford has spoken out following the death of her husband of 29 years, football legend Frank Gifford.

During an intimate and emotional meeting yesterday at her home, the 61-year-old opened up to her Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb by letting her know that “this is not a tragedy.”

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Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford with daughter and son, Cassidy and Cody Gifford.

Kotb revealed, “I was holding her hand and she said, ‘A 4-year-old girl having cancer is a tragedy.’ She said Frank lived to be almost 85. She said he lived an incredible life, has incredible family and an incredible legacy. She said his life is a triumph.”

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Frank had an extremely successful career in the NFL during his 13 years with the New York Giants and as a commentator and play-by-play announcer, which earned him an Emmy award for Outstanding Sports Personality.

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The sports superstar was 84-years-old at the time of his passing due to natural causes. He leaves behind Kathie and their two children, Cody Cassidy, as well as his three children, Jeff, Kyle and Victora, from his previous marriage to Maxine Avis Ewart.