The Patriots issued the following statement on Wednesday:
“Words cannot express the deep sorrow that we feel in learning of the passing of Myra Hiatt Kraft,” the club’s statement read. “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 served as president of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.
“What she came to love about her family’s role as owners of the Patriots was making a difference in the lives of others,” said ESPNBoston’s Mike Reiss, who covers the Patriots.
Patriots past and present took to Twitter to express their condolences early Wednesday.
Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork called Myra Kraft “a wonderful woman who my wife and I loved dearly,” in a tweet.