RHONJ star Joe Giudice's grandmother dead at 87 as dad's grieving daughter Gia says 'we love you Nonna'

REAL Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice has revealed that his grandmother has passed away.

The late great-grandmother of Joe and his ex-wife Teresa Giudice's four children: Gia, 21; Gabriella, 18; Audriana, 13; and Milania, 16, passed away at the age of 87.

Joe shared the news in a heartbreaking Instagram post, including a photo of his grandmother and 94 year old uncle Pasquale, who also died.

He mourned his losses in the caption, "Just lost my Grandmother 87 and my Uncle Pasquale 94 in one day very sad night," with a series of prayer hand emojis."

Joe did not include his grandmother's name in the post.

The former TV star also shared a pic of the grandmother-grandson duo at his wedding and a more recent snap of the pair.

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He captioned the post: "Forever in our Hearts," with a series of black heart and prayer hand emojis.

His eldest daughter Gia commented on his post with a message for her grieving father: "dad I love you so much she loved you so much."

The reality star shared her own tribute to her great-grandmother on her Instagram Stories, showing off over a dozen collages of photos highlighting her life.

She wrote: "We love you nonna" with a red heart emoji beneath the video.

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In another post, Gia and others toasted to the Italian native with shots, sharing a boomerang of them clinking their glasses together.

"For you nonna," she added underneath.

Gia's younger sisters Audriana and Milania also opened up about their loss on social media.

Audriana posted a throwback shot of her with her late grandparents when the now-teenager was a little girl.

She wrote: "Rest easy I love you."

Meanwhile, Milania shared a collection of pics posing with her great-grandmother throughout her childhood.

"Rest easy my beautiful angel. I love you so much," she added.


Joe stayed with his grandmother in Sala Consilina following his release from ICE custody in 2019.

The ex-Bravo star – who never obtained his citizenship in America – was deported to his native country after going to prison alongside his ex-wife Teresa for exaggerating their income, hiding increased assets, and failing to file tax returns between 2004 and 2008.

Joe, 49, opened up about living in his grandmother's house on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen shortly after his arrival.

He explained his new living conditions, saying the house: “is small, but it’s fine.”

The Real Housewives alum also opened up about being away from his family in New Jersey: “I mean, it’s not a good feeling. I’m here, I’m happy I’m out, but I’m sad at the same time.

"I’m sad I’m not with my family, I’m sad I’m not with my wife, of course ,and with all my friends back at home. That’s where my life is. It’s not here. It’s there.”


Joe's four daughters often visit their father in Italy and the Bahamas, where he also splits his time.

Gia defended her father on the show's latest season after her uncle Joe Gorga described him as "the devil."

The TV personality snapped: "If you’re going to come at me disrespectfully, then I won’t talk to you.”

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Gia continued: "I’m an adult now, too, so you can talk to me like one. Because I’m done with you being disrespectful.”

The drama continues on the reunion special, where Joe, 42, storms off set and threatens to quit the show amid his feud with Teresa, 49, and his niece.

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