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'Real Housewives' Dad

Drops Dead Suddenly in Backyard

6/18/2014 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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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46.

JW    

So if the kid was in the USA illegally - what about the parents? Or was this guy SO STUPID, that his parents became citizens, and he couldn't get his sh*t together to apply for citizenship? However, he could scam banks out of $13M. They are both still convicted felons.

135 days ago
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Ozzie X    

regardless of what is going no one deserves to lose a parent like that.

135 days ago
48.

otobeinky    

Chicken coop? Do they live on a farm?

135 days ago
49.

paul a.    

"Drops Dead"

Nice.

TMZ you guys are all heart.

135 days ago
50.

frannyces    

You can be alittle more sensitive with the title.

135 days ago
51.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

LOL! That kind of stress is lethal.

135 days ago
52.

kimo    

One down.....29 more to go!

135 days ago
53.

LMN    

Died just like Brando's character in "The Godfather...."

135 days ago
54.

Drizzz.    

Can't believe people are picking at the headline here. It was hardly going to be "RHONJ DAD PASSES AWAY PEACEFULLY BUILDING NEW COUP IN GARDEN. FYI DID NOT DROP."

135 days ago
55.

Pink sparkle    

Giudice family I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

135 days ago
56.

Roberik 22    

It is so terrible. What a shock for them.

135 days ago
57.

bonnie bell    

So scary 63 is very young.

135 days ago
58.

idontactuallygiveacrap    

The EMT were still at the house.... How does TMZ know about this? They took the time to call TMZ to tell them what happened? Theresa you are disgusting!!

135 days ago
59.

iaminnocent    

Instead of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Joe & Teresa Racket Fund. RIP Frank.

135 days ago
60.

Crabby    

so everyone dies sooner or later, whats the big deal, I am sure thousands of other fathers died today why dont you report on them as well? oh thats right his as s hole loser crooked son is a z lister celebrity retard

135 days ago
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