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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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31.

Gibsdee    

My thoughts and prayers for the children having to go through this much stress at a young age. So sad...

105 days ago
32.

Sherri    

the stress of what Treasa and Joe put on the family , is the outcome of this tragic death who should have been able to live life at it's fullist, RIP to someone I did not know but can relate what a father and mother goes through to try to protect thier children

105 days ago
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eqlopper2nity    

No matter how you may or may not feel about them, it's still very sad. My prayers are definitely with you and your family's.

105 days ago
34.

Kelly    

This the old dude who bent over and spread his cheeks for reporters in a clothed moon last year. RIP to a klassy guy.

105 days ago
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sfrandiver    

Ahhh another delay for sentencing or trial whatever it is. Teresa must had some made some food for him.

105 days ago
36.

palermo    

Never watched the show, but maybe Dad died due to stress of having a criminal son

105 days ago
37.

bluekelli    

That is sad. I may not like them on the show. But my heart goes out to them.

105 days ago
38.

zombie    

Joe and Teresa may be criminals of the white collar variety but losing a parent is absolutely awful. 63 is pretty young. Condolences.

105 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

He's swimming with da chickens ♠♠♠

105 days ago
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foreveronline.    

Teresas hairline will soon connect to her eyebrows.Mark my words.

105 days ago
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jonathanlengson    

Hey TMZ there are children starving in this country! REPORT THAT!!!

105 days ago
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rocknroll    

My prayers are with the family. RIP It's obvious they cared for him so sorry they've had to go through so much. Peace n love

105 days ago
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baybek8s    

It may be to late but, I hope Joe Giudice gets it together Joe. When people do wrong it affects the whole family, one way or another. Rest in peace Poppa Frank. I pray stress doesn't harm the rest of the family.

105 days ago
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Just Jay    

Stress from the upcoming sentAncing. Was it worth it Joe?

105 days ago
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JrzGrl    

Jeez, that sucks. Sorry to hear that.

105 days ago
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