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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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31.

shawn    

Some of you people who comment are disgusting "humans". May he rest in peace.

92 days ago
32.

w    

How shameful fame is, he should of been told before hand, sounds to me they waited on purpose to rake in ratings.

92 days ago
33.

Unbroken Chain    

People, they knew he was gonna die and so did rooster boy. He will be told with the cameras running and he will milk it, then his apparently famous sister will show up at the house to console him. It's so obvious. They think we believe what they tell us to like sheep

92 days ago
34.

unbiasedopinion    

Lol, all of you are wrong. The producers own the show and the people on it. They can do what they want. Tmz broke the news to the world not the show which is in quarantine. Again, you dont own tmz so deal with the executive decision. His sister was jealous and if he leaves she wins and if he stays she will hold it against him forever when they fight. Watching everyone Comment, call each other names, harass and bully when someone invokes their freedom of speech is hilarious. Most of the people who comment and name call are truly funny because combined their iq is in the negative.

92 days ago
35.

candi    

they also broke quarantine for Evel Dick when he left the game . I believe for a sick friend.

92 days ago
36.

Toilethead    

Bullcrap. If it was true they wouldn't build a story around it.

92 days ago
37.

Ferndog68    

They told him because they want to create drama .

92 days ago
38.

lisa    

:(

92 days ago
39.

Swerve     

Poor old dude probably died of shame from having a whackadoodle grandson

92 days ago
40.

All-star    

Seriously, we all know who she is, but who cares who her "brother" is? Why does it deserve a story around "him"?

92 days ago
41.

Rob    

Glad they told him! Frankie seems like a great guy! Kudos to the CBS crew for making the call.

92 days ago
42.

Eye roll     

Who posts a pic like she did of her dying grandfather?! What the heck is wrong today? I'm 30. Wow. Just wow

92 days ago
43.

TheTruthIs    

How about a few black streaks in his hair now? R.I.P.

92 days ago
44.

sheesh    

OMG, this news is HUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGEEEEEEE!!!! (Rolling eyes)

92 days ago
45.

JrzGrl    

Why didn't she honor their grandfather's wishes and not tell him? Wasn't that the whole point of the story???

92 days ago
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