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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.

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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We have the letter that Frankie's family sent him on our website --

94 days ago


Why did the producers not follow the Grandfathers's last wish and not tell him. Ratings, I can't believe that show is still on.

94 days ago


Evil Dick got the same info and left the show leaving his daughter to fend for herself! Although she did do quite well on her own.

94 days ago


Thank u BB

94 days ago

bring back recent posts    

This is beyond pathetic of the producers and now tmz chiming in, starting with Arielle too....dignity people, dignity.

94 days ago

The Maharincess of Franistan    

Must be a SLOW news day.

94 days ago


CBS Knew Frankie Grandfather was in Bad Health. Frankie should have signed in his Contract a Provision that says if something happens to his grandfather do they tell him and Pull him from the game or Stay in and get the news when he leaves the house.

94 days ago


No thanks to you s*** at tmz

94 days ago


Is nothing sacred any more? No respect for a dying mans wishes. Last season on BB it was that network having no idea they had cast a racist and now this. Rather pathetic. Wonder if it will be mentioned on the Talk with some lame excuse.

94 days ago

boo boo    

Is that picture of zach a joke or does he really look like that?

94 days ago


Tmz you suck for going against the grandfather's DYING wish.I'm sure many will agree you all have no respect for anyone. You really hit below the belt on this one.

94 days ago

Timmy Boy    

Prolly had AIDS.

94 days ago


1. Why do u need all my info to write a comment? U guys should change that. 2. Who tf watches big brother?

94 days ago

Minka Minaj    

Um you guys at tmz were the ones who told everyone about the news so of course he will find out

94 days ago


OMG shut up it's not tmz fault for reporting that he died and it's not bb producer fault for not respecting the grand dad wish did y'all not read the part where it said the family gave the producers a note to give to him and that's how he found out so blame the family not everybody else.

94 days ago
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