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'Big Brother'

Ariana Grande Hides Grandpa's Death

From Brother Frankie

7/23/2014 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Ariana Grande Grandpa Died"Big Brother" is now keeping a deep secret  -- something that could derail the show if revealed too soon -- and it involves the death of one of Ariana Grande's relatives.

Ariana's grandfather died Tuesday.  He's also the grandpa of Ariana's brother, Frankie Grande, who's a contestant on "Big Brother."

It seems just before he died the grandfather knew Frankie might bail from the show if he found out, so one of grandpa's last wishes was to keep his death a secret from Frankie.

Ariana was chronicling her grandpa's illness ... recently posting pictures with him in the hospital.  But Frankie never saw them per the rules of the show.

Ariana made her grandfather's wishes clear, tweeting, "asked grandps last week if he wanted us to pull frankie off bb & he said "no way! he's gotta play the game even tho i don't understand it"

It seems from the "Big Bro" live feeds ... Frankie is still in the dark over his grandpa's death.
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7:00 PM PT -- Producers just told Frankie about the death.

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Neal    

What an annoying family!!

57 days ago
17.

The Del Rubio Triplets    

He knows now jeez thanks TMZ

57 days ago
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ThatOneGirly53012    

Can't wait until he gets out and realizes what a-holes his family are! If my grandpa was dying I would make that clear to my brother!!! No amount of money is worth more than a death of a family member!

57 days ago
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Roberik 22    

And we care cause? That's their private business. Certainly not for us to judge

57 days ago
20.

Migz82    

I believe an exception should be made and inform him. And allow him to make his own decision to leave or stay!

57 days ago
21.

Jenn    

Big Brother is still on?

57 days ago
22.

TheHutt    

Way to ruin the surprise. Do you not have respect? Over a profit, hope you get canceled

57 days ago
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iiimapirate    

Awe :( that's too bad he doesn't know yet I'm sorry to the Grande family :( it's terrible when a matriarch of a family passes but it's awesome that gpa wanted him to finish the show n even more awesome thst the Grande family respects his wishes. Let's just hope the rest of the worlid does.

57 days ago
24.

Philbo    

TMZ is evil and should be ashamed for printing BS like this. But of course, since everybody there is atheist and only cares about money, they don't have any morals when it comes to posting a story like this.

57 days ago
25.

A.    

Again, a desperate for money and fame family putting recognition before close family members. This is just not right.

57 days ago
26.

STFU    

Stop watching BB a long time ago but apparently $, ratings and lack of moral values prevails over common sense. #SMDH

57 days ago
27.

luvolie37    

Couldn't the dumb ass just given him the money he might have won on the show?? Family is more important than a damn reality show

57 days ago
28.

melisa    

That was the grandfather's last wish, everyone needs to respect and stop talking crap !

57 days ago
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staceyh24    

Oh no this is so sad! He is going to be so heart broken when he finds out! :(

57 days ago
30.

SweetCheeks    

How utterly ridiculous.

57 days ago
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