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Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo, and Chris Laurita Mourn the Death of Their Father

Some more sad news out of Jersey!

The father of Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo, and Chris Laurita has passed away.

The former Real Housewives of New Jersey stars father, Joseph Laurita, passed away on April 20th.

Dina, Caroline, and Chris announced the sad news on Instagram as each of them penned tributes to their beloved father.

“His favorite song was “My Way”, and that’s exactly how he lived his life. His way. A tougher man there never was, and in his final days, he showed that strength over and over again,” Caroline wrote alongside a photo of her and her dad.

She added, “May God bless you always, Dad, and grant you eternal peace. Know that you were loved. Forever in our hearts.”

Dina, on the other hand, shared a video of her dad walking outside.

“I’ll love you forever and always, Daddy ?? You can rest now 4•20•20,” she wrote. 

Chris Laurita and his wife Jacqueline Laurita also posted tributes on Instagram.

“Yesterday, we lost the strongest man I’ve ever known. Right up until the last breath he taught me how to fight and to NEVER give up. He encouraged me to face all the challenges life throws at you head on! I’ll keep fighting Dad and I promise you I will never give up. I’m sure you’re already watching over all of us. R.I.P 4-20-20,” Chris wrote.

Jacqueline commented on Chris’s post writing, “Your dad was a man that did the best he knew how who remained married to the only woman he truly loved and raised 11 beautiful children together through all the trials and tribulations never once giving up! He was a fighter and a provider to the end! May God bless and rest his soul! XOXO.”

The “love big, fight big” Laurita family included five daughters, Caroline, Dina, Ann Ricks, Angela Rooney, and Francesca D’Annunzio and six sons, Jamie, Chris, Anthony, Joseph, Michael, and Dominick Laurita.

Speaking of the entire Manzo/Laurita clan, Lexi and Lauren Manzo also posted about their grandfather’s passing on Instagram.

 Meanwhile, Dina shared some very heartwarming photos of her dad.


With Chris and Jacqueline living in Las Vegas and Dina and Lexi in California, it’s unlikely that they will be able to travel to New Jersey for the funeral. Hopefully, when this is all over, the entire family can reunite and pay tribute to their father.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dina, Caroline, Chris, and the entire Manzo/Laurita family. Such a devastating loss.

I hope that perhaps this loss can bring this family back together once and for all.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey will return to Bravo in late 2020 or early 2021.

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