Antonia Gorga, the mother of Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga, has died. She was 66.
Antonia Gorga cause of death
According to Entertainment Tonight, Antonia was admitted to a local hospital in December after being diagnosed with pneumonia. Sadly, she never recovered enough to go home.
The matriarch of the Gorga family, who hails from Sala Consilina, a small town in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of southwestern Italy, was a grandmother to seven children — one of whom is named after her.
It’s been reported that Teresa is inconsolable.
Both siblings were close with their mother, often sharing moments they spent together on social media.
The most recent was on December 19 when Teresa posted a photo of her with Antonia with the caption, “Mommy I love you so much.”
A source told US Weekly that Teresa was at the hospital with Antonia when she died and noted, “This is a very hard time for Teresa.”
The Real Housewives star has already been under plenty of stress with her husband, Joe Giudice, in prison, where he’s serving time for fraud. (She completed her own prison stint in December 2015.)
Antonia was her daughter’s rock through the hardest time in her life. She regularly visited Teresa in prison and gave her strength to deal with the situation until she could come home.
Teresa has not yet made any announcements about her mother’s passing and there is no news regarding her mother’s funeral at this time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Antonia‘s loved ones during this difficult time.