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Myra Kraft, Wife of Patriots’ Owner, Dies From Cancer at 68

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July 20 (Bloomberg) -- Myra Kraft, the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, died today after a battle with cancer. She was 68.

“Words cannot express the deep sorrow that we feel in learning of the passing of Myra Hiatt Kraft,” the National Football League team said in a statement on its website. “We are all heartbroken. The global philanthropic community and the New England Patriots family have suffered a great loss.”

Myra Kraft served on boards including Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she graduated in 1964. She was founder and president of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and in 1995 became the first chairwoman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.

Robert Kraft, 70, is a member of the NFL’s labor committee, which is negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with players who were locked out four months ago.

Robert Kraft is chairman of the Kraft Group LLC, which includes paper container manufacturing, real estate and sports and entertainment units. Myra Kraft’s father, Jacob Hiatt, was a former chairman of Rand-Whitney Container Group, which is now part of Kraft’s organization.

In addition to her husband, Myra Kraft is survived by four sons: Jonathan, the Patriots’ president; Daniel; Joshua; and David.

No details on funeral services were disclosed.

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