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'Real Housewives' Dad

Drops Dead Suddenly in Backyard

6/18/2014 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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4:45 PM PT --
The Giudice's rep just told TMZ, "The ONLY focus of both Joe and Teresa is their family right now, especially the girls. No decisions about the court case or the show are being addressed today."
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"Real Housewives of New Jersey" 
star Joe Giudice -- who is facing years in prison on fraud charges -- just got struck with a profound tragedy ... his dad just collapsed and died in Joe's garden.

Frank Giudice -- who also appears on "Real Housewives of New Jersey" along with Joe and Teresa -- was building a chicken coop in the garden when he fell to the ground.

We're told Frank had no apparent health issues.  Joe and Teresa believe he suffered a massive heart attack, but it's too early to tell.  EMTs are still at the house at the time this story was posted.

Frank was 63.

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funkybarfly    

Whether he had a massive heart attack or just died of shame......who knows? I suppose it's pretty sad if you give a sh*t.

65 days ago
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DeezNutz    

Although Joe deserves prison time, you gotta feel bad for the poor bastard . . .

65 days ago
18.

baby    

first thing id look and see if they took out an insurance policy on his father leaving them big stacks of cash. they are corrupt and i would not put anything past them.

65 days ago
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klg    

so was teresa on the phone with the tabloids before or after her call to 911

65 days ago
20.

Lou    

That what happen in the godfather

65 days ago
21.

LetsBeReAL    

I know someone else thought about the godfather when they read this. How he collapsed in the garden. Especially, because if you watch the show, it's an "alleged" mob related family lifestyle.

65 days ago
22.

oneflypr    

So sad..

65 days ago
23.

Hugh Janus    

Wow that's young, so sad!

65 days ago
24.

47gaderider    

Insurance money should definetly go to creditors

65 days ago
25.

B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

Who phoned this in? Never mind the sudden collapse. I have a serious toothache. I wouldn't be able to, make it to the dentist until Monday.

65 days ago
26.

native squad    

TMZ doesn't even say rest in peace...unbelievable...Rip frank

65 days ago
27.

CCC    

"Tattaglia was a pimp. He never could have outfought Santino. But I didn't know until this day that it was Barzini all along."

Don Vito Corleone

65 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

Ugh, how traumatic for the family. Well, if you have to go this is one way where I am sure he never knew what him. I'd take that. I hope the girls didn't witness this.

65 days ago
29.

Kelly    

It's actually better this way. Juicy will be able attend the funeral and all. I hope the larger family is fixed to look after the mum.

65 days ago
30.

mseverlast    

RIP

65 days ago
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