In just weeks, Teresa and Joe Giudice will attend their trial for various counts of fraud, but until then, they have another family tragedy to deal with. On Wednesday, Joe’s father, Frank, collapsed and died suddenly at the age of 63.
The reality star’s rep confirmed the news on Twitter. “Sadly it is true that the father of my client and friend Joe Giudice passed away today @Teresa_Giudice asks for privacy and prayers,” she wrote.
According to RadarOnline, Joe was at the house with one of the couple’s four daughters when his father fell to the floor. “Teresa arrived shortly after it happened,” a source close to the family tells the site.
Teresa has yet to comment on the death, but her oldest daughter, Gia, expressed grief on Twitter Wednesday night. “this is not really happening right now, this is not real..” she wrote.
Season six of Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres on July 13.