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Elton John World News: Philanthropist And Friend of Elton's Has Died

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Thursday 21 July 2011 @ 15:40 - GMT

Myra Hiatt Kraft, the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, died yesterday after a battle with cancer.

 We are all heartbroken, the team said in a statement, calling her death a great loss.

 Myra and Robert have given away more than $100 million to organisations involved in everything from changing lives in Israel to helping those hobbled by urban blight in Boston and Worcester.

Their social circle included Elton, who performed their wedding song, Moon River, at  their 40th anniversary celebration in 2003. Also at Gillette Stadium, in 2009, when Elton was in concert with Billy Joel, the singer dedicated Tiny Dancer to the couple, seated in the front row.

Besides her spouse, the 68-year-old is survived by a sister, four sons and eight grandchildren.

The family announced that public services will be held July 22 at  Temple Emanuel  in Newton, MA.

The Krafts also requested that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made in Myra's name to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bostons Myra Kraft Giving Back Scholarship Fund.