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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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61.

Maezeppa    

What a pleasant way to go.

127 days ago
62.

Mikey    

These freaks will do anything for ratings.

127 days ago
63.

willhowcoop    

Oh who the **** cares. Goodbye bitch. Take the rest of your loser ****ing idiotic family with you and burn in hell.

127 days ago
64.

Lauren    

Emts are still at the house and the media finds out?!! Ya, they are really focused on their family right now

127 days ago
65.

BannedTriceIsNice    

Still so young. Prayers for all effected.

127 days ago
66.

elle    

It's hard to feel bad for a family of crooks.

127 days ago
67.

Black Adam    

TMZ, are you sure he didn't get whacked for his son being a Rat?

127 days ago
68.

Kathleen    

Joe and his wife are crooks, but I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Joe's dad. Parents are sacred territory...... I will be praying for comfort for joe and his family.

127 days ago
69.

ariesalyson    

Omg! They must be devestated. That is so tragic. I am sorry to hear that. My condolences to the Giudice family...

127 days ago
70.

Jenna5960    

My heart breaks for their kids. What a terrible time to have their grandfather die.

127 days ago
71.

RaineeDrops    

I just have to ask this, if EMTs were still at the house at the time this was reported WHO in that house called TMZ or contacted them to share such private and delicate news? Who seriously sold this if EMTs were still at the house?

127 days ago
72.

RaineeDrops    

I am sorry for the family too but who in that house contacted TMZ to sell this story if EMTs were still on the scene at the time it was reported? That is insensitive and to me, exploitative of his death to make money at a time like this.

127 days ago
73.

fan    

This is what they did to his dad for being so greedy n thinking they're above the law

127 days ago
74.

fan    

It's all stress

127 days ago
75.

She's baaaack    

Cool. Kind of like in the Godfather movie when Don Corleone dropped dead in the tomato garden.

127 days ago
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