'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Joe Giudice's father unexpectedly dies at age of 63

By Gina DiFalco,

The father of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice’s husband, Joe Giudice, has died unexpectedly. Frank Giudice was only 63 years old.

Frank, who appeared on the Bravo show several times over the years, was in the reality star couple’s backyard helping build a chicken coup when he died.

“The ONLY focus of both Joe and Teresa is their family right now, especially the girls. No decisions about the court case or the show are being addressed today,” said a rep for the Giudice family, Fox News reports.

Joe was with his father at the time of his passing, as the family’s crisis manager Wendy Feldman told Us Weekly "Joe and his dad were chasing the dog Simba and suddenly Franco fell ill.”

They’re still not sure what caused his death, but TMZ reports the family believes he suffered a heart attack. He had no prior health issues prior to his sudden passing.

Joe and Teresa Giudice are currently facing prosecution on several felony counts including tax evasion and conspiring to illegally get mortgages and other loans from numerous banks. They pleaded guilty to fraud charges in March.

image via Curtis Means/ACE/INFphoto.com

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