Kathie Lee Gifford gets emotional dedicating award to late husband Frank: 'The greatest man I've ever known'
Kathie Lee Gifford used her Gracie Awards win to honor her late husband.
The 62-year-old Today show co-host received an award for Outstanding On-Air Talent during the ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Tuesday and got emotional as she paid tribute to Frank Gifford and their two children, Cody and Cassidy.
"They are the greatest expression of the love that I shared for 29 years with the greatest man I've ever known, my husband Frank," she said onstage, holding her statue up to the sky. "Thanks. This is for you, honey. You make me laugh. God bless you all."
Frank died on Aug. 9 at the age of 84. Though his death stemmed from natural causes, his family revealed that he also suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease likely caused by head trauma from his years playing in the NFL.
A week after his death, Kathie Lee made a tearful return to the Today show, where she said that she and Frank "laughed up to the very end."
"I just want everybody to know that this is a man who was at complete peace in his life," she added. "He might have been the happiest, most content person in the world at this point in his life."
In October, both Kathie Lee and Frank were inducted into the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame, where Kathie Lee revealed how "blessed" she was for the time she had with Frank, and Cody, 26, and Cassidy, 22, spoke about how proud their dad was of their mom.
Hear their touching words in the video below.