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Myra Kraft, Wife of Robert Kraft, Dies at 68 After Battle with Cancer

Robert and Myra Kraft (Courtesy of the New England Patriots/Jenny Nourse photo)

Myra Kraft, the wife of Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, died after a battle with cancer on Wednesday. She was 68.

The Patriots released a statement about the news of her death:

“Words cannot express the deep sorrow that we feel in learning of the passing of Myra Hiatt Kraft. 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 was known for her selfless philanthropy. She was chairman of the boards of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, as well as the Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.

Overall, Myra and her husband have donated more than $100 million to charity.

The Kraft family announced that public services for Myra will be held this Friday (July 22) at 10 a.m. at the Temple Emmanuel, 385 Ward St. in Newton.

Still Locked Out

Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork had wonderful things to say about Myra Kraft, saying “myra was a wonderful woman who my wife and I loved dearly #somuchmorethanfootball” on his Twitter account.

But before he issued those kind words, Wilfork complained about the NFL Lockout, saying that because it restricts his access to contact with owners, he wasn’t able to personally give his condolonces.

“F’n lockout I don’t even know how to get in touch with Mr kraft to offer my support and condolences……….” Wilfork said on his Twitter account.’s Tom E. Curran did make a point, though, about the lockout process and Kraft’s participation in the negotiations.

“The NFL owes a debt of deep gratitude – players and owners both – to Robert Kraft for sacrifices he’s made in CBA talks.” – said Curran on his Twitter account.

What do you think of Wilfork’s initial comments?

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