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Giacinto Gorga, Teresa Giudice's Father, Dead at 76

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Teresa Giudice is paying tribute to her father, Giacinto Gorga, who died Friday morning at the age of 76.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star revealed the heartbreaking news in a series of posts shared to social media. The death comes three years after his wife, Antonia Gorga, died at age 66 following a battle with pneumonia.

"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 captioned a video that featured a montage of family photos. "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."

"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. 🙏🏻❤️😭"

"I love you always. 😭❤️🙏🏻," she added in another post.

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I love you always. 😭❤️🙏🏻 RIP 4-3-20

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Teresa's younger brother, Joey Gorga, also paid tribute to their beloved father on Instagram, writing, "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 added. "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 🇮🇹."

Giacinto's death comes just one day after Teresa heartfully pleaded for prayers from friends and fans. "At this trying time I'm graciously asking for any extra prayers, good vibes, love....please send my fathers way," she shared. "My father is struggling and my girls and I need him, we need his love, his presence & his strength. #thepowerofprayers 🙏🏻❤️"

"I love you Papa ❤️🙏🏻 #Nonno," another post read.

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I love you Papa ❤️🙏🏻 #Nonno

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Hear more on Teresa and her family in the video below.

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