Giacinto Gorga, father of Teresa Giudice, has died.
The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star confirmed the news in an Instagram post on Friday, one day after she emotionally pled with fans to pray for her father’s “struggling” health.
The post featured pictures of Gorga over the years with family members including his wife and Teresa’s mother Antonia Gorga, who passed away in March 2017 following a battle with pneumonia at the age of 66.
Giudice dedicated a long heartfelt caption to her father.
“My father, my protector, my hero, God took you early this morning to be with mommy, I saw you peacefully pass & I know you kept fighting for my daughters and I,” Teresa’s caption began. “I have so many amazing thoughts of you, every day seeing you in the kitchen at my home, teaching my girls to cook, my partner in crime on shopping trips, your love of the shore & my travel buddy. You always wanted everyone to have a good time, eat great food, have a stiff drink and enjoy life.”
She continued her emotional tribute.
“You are the absolute strongest man I know & I know you missed mommy so much but you stayed for us. Thank you for being the best husband, father & Nonno,” she continued. “Your devotion to mommy was one for the record books, you were the true example and a gentleman and devoted husband. You visited mommy every single day & would go twice for the days you missed while traveling or if you were to sick to go, my silver lining is knowing you’ll be together now. 💕Thank you for showing us all what true love is. Love you Papa Rest In Peace.”
He was also mourned by his son and Teresa’s brother, Joe Gorga, in a touching Instagram post of his own.
“I can’t believe he is gone💔 The world lost an amazing man human being today. He was exactly what a true father and husband should be. I will miss you more than you know, But go find your wife because I know that’s all you want and all you’ve ever talked about for the past 3 years,” he wrote. “You will be missed every single day. You had energy that lit up a room and everyone fell in love with you🙏🏼 You were truly one of a kind. I’m so happy you’re in no more pain. Rest In Peace Finally🙏🏼 4-3-20”
Joe’s wife Melissa Gorga shared several touching family photos with Giacinto on her Instagram.
“Heaven just got another angel🙏🏼,” she wrote. “You’ve been the only Dad I’ve known for the past 16 years. You were such an incredible man and such a loving Nonno.. they don’t make them like you anymore. Thank you for teaching my husband how to treat his wife the way you treated yours. Thank you for teaching me how to cook everything I make. Thank you for all the energy you’ve always brought everywhere you went. Run to your wife. She’s waiting for you❤️ RIP we will miss you forever.💔”
Giacinto frequently appeared on the hit Bravo series.