Bobby Hebert's 81-year-old father dies from COVID-19

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One of the latest victims of coronavirus is the father of WWL's Bobby Hebert.

Bobby Sr. died late Friday night.  Mr. Bobby was 81 years old.

On Sports Talk just a few hours earlier, Bobby said of his dad, "You can be tough and the virus can still overwhelm you."

Hebert talked about how his father overcame a heart defect and colon cancer during his life.

"I'm kinda numb and shocked," Bobby said. "You get numb and then sometimes you don't want to accept reality and what you are dealing with."

He urged everyone to follow what the medical community is telling people to try and slow the spread of coronavirus.

Our hearts are broken by the passing of my father, Bobby Hebert Sr. He was a beloved husband of 61 years, devoted father of four and grandfather to eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In his later years, he traveled the world with the love of his life, Paula. He was truly one of a kind with a magic twinkle in his eye. He was loved by everyone who knew him. He never knew a stranger and was the life of any party. His Catholic faith was a pillar of his life and he went out of his way to help anyone in need-if even to make them smile. He was a Saints fan but the LSU Tigers were his life-long passion. He’d always say, “I hope the Saints win, but LSU has to win”.

Without my father I never would have been able to accomplish my dreams, I never would have made it to NFL. He was the reason I made it. I owe everything to him. I remember when I played in my first game with the USFL in 1983, he turned to me and said, “We made it”.

We are so thankful for the many wonderful years we had together, although there is never enough time. And we want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love and support that you have shown my family and I during this difficult time. Specifically, I want to thank the devoted nurses and doctors at Oschner Kenner for giving my father the best care possible and for risking their lives and health every day to help keep us alive and healthy.

Love,

Bobby and Jojo Hebert and the entire Hebert family

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