Patriots, NFL mourns loss of Myra Kraft

Reaction from around the NFL has been swift as an outpouring of sympathy has been shared for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, whose wife Myra Hiatt Kraft died of cancer this morning at age 68.

Robert Kraft has balanced caring for his ailing wife with traveling the country to hold a prominent place in negotiations between the NFL owners and players as they work toward a labor agreement. For instance, Kraft was present for the first day of the clandestine negotiations in St. Charles, Ill., June 1, but left that day before the meetings concluded.

Myra Kraft was renowned for her philanthropic efforts and the Boston Globe described her and her husband as one of the community’s “most influential and generous couples.”

“Words cannot express the deep sorrow that we feel in learning of the passing of Myra Hiatt Kraft,’’ the Patriots said in a statement. “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.”

Myra Kraft wasn’t just a check writer, though. She took a hands-on approach in the many activities she supported, and touched the lives of many.

“A wonderful life lost that I probably woulda had the chance to see again if it wasn't for f'n $$$ (lockout) problems!!” Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork tweeted. “Luv ya Myra momma.”

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