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'Big Brother'

Frankie Grande Gets the News His Grandpa Died

7/23/2014 6:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Big Brother" producers broke the news to Ariana Grande's brother late Wednesday that his grandfather passed away -- and the whole 'BB' house is rallying around him.

TMZ broke the story earlier today ... Frankie Grande's grandpa died on Tuesday, but Ariana obeyed his final wish -- to let Frankie continue on 'BB" despite his illness.

But this evening producers passed a note to Frankie from his family ... which revealed the sad news.

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According to bloggers watching the 'BB' live feed -- Frankie broke down in tears and shared the news with everyone else in the house. Some of the other house guests are crying too.


It's extremely rare for "Big Brother" producers to break quarantine and allow contestants to get news from the outside world. One of the only times we can remember it happening is for 9/11.

Still unclear at this point who made the final call in this case. We've reached out to producers ... but, so far no word back. 

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Kimberly    

Yaaaaa, fabricated dramatic nonsense. You know how MANY kids died today??? Around the globe?? I can Hardly feel Sorry for the age appropriate passing if a grandparent with over 300 people recently taken out by Pooooootin, and they didn't have the chance to be grandparents.

58 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Mariah Carey wannabe... and her brother is a AIDSy fruitcake

58 days ago
3.

LoganJackson    

Poor Frankie... RIP Grandpa Grande.

58 days ago
4.

BlindFury    

Who knew? BB is going to do a segment on his Grand Dad. I wonder if they'll say who his sister really is too.

58 days ago
5.

Petty1881    

Story developing? Foh tmz lol

58 days ago
6.

ts    

Did they reveal who his family is? Right now would be a good time for him to tell his castmates who his sister is.

58 days ago
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jazper    

His final wish was to not let Frankie know until after his show was over? Wow wtg aholes of BB

58 days ago
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clob    

It's amazing that TMZ can't do better reporting. His sister, Ariana, had nothing to with BB not telling him. Big Brother was waiting for direction from the family as to what to do. As usual, TMZ goes with a sensationalist headline which has nothing to do with the facts.

58 days ago
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isaiah    

who cares????! Frankie is NOT celebrity. Why are we even discussing him? I can barely stomach this Ariana Grande person.

58 days ago
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SweetCheeks    

Glad they told him

58 days ago
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Jordan    

Frankie should Not have gotten that news. it is a game Changer. It was not fair for the other players who do not get information about their Loved ones.

58 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

and he is already using it as an advantage such a suck **** if you as k me..also tmz is wanting to think their reporting caused this..it has always been protical that they tell people if a death occurs in the family..the only reason they learned about 9/11 is because a hg had a family member missing

58 days ago
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Unbroken Chain    

They always knew it would be part of the show. Come on. He knew he was dead. This kid is gonna milk the heck out of this plus it's a way to tell everyone who his sister is. He's dying to anyway. What a nut bar he is. Can't stand him

58 days ago
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Krush2014    

They told Evel Dick in the All Starts season about his friend that died, and he left before the live feeds went live.

58 days ago
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Jordan    

It does not Surprise me that a Person with No Morals Like Frankie who would Stab his Grandfather in the back to get what he wants.

58 days ago
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