Former Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, who overcame much adversity to play professional football as a quarterback in the Canadian Football League, USFL and NFL has also endured much adversity in his personal life as well.

His son, Doug Flutie, Jr., was born autistic and the elder Flutie has since spearheaded efforts to raise money and awareness for a cure for autism.

Earlier today, another unbelievable tragedy struck the family.

From the Doug Flutie Facebook Fan Page came this announcement earlier today:

"It is with a heavy heart that I am making this statement. This morning my family experienced the tragic loss of my father, Dick and mother, Joan. My Dad had been ill and died of a heart attack in the hospital and my Mom, less than an hour later had a sudden heart attack and passed away. They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it. I would like to honor my parents for all that they did throughout my and my brothers’ and sister’s lives. My parents were always there for their children, from the days my Dad coached us as kids and my Mom would work the concession stands, through to this morning. The most important part of their 56 years of marriage was providing opportunities to their children. They were incredible parents and Grandparents and my family and I will miss them both. On behalf of me and the entire Flutie family, I would like to thank you all for your well wishes and prayers during this difficult time."