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It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Herman Echevarria Sr. 

Details are sketchy at the moment, but there are reports that The Real Housewives of Miami star was found dead in the Epic Hotel in Miami.

The reports state family and employees grew concerned for Herman when he failed to show up for work. 

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They knew something was wrong when he did not pick up his phone. 

There’s word that Herman died of a heart attack, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Herman appeared on the Bravo series with his ex-wife, Alexia Echevarria for three seasons before the show was unofficially canceled. 

It never managed to reach the levels of success of the other spin-offs in the franchise, but that did not mean it was lacking in drama. 

Herman and Alexia confirmed the news that they had separated in May 2015.

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The couple were allegedly arguing for much of their final years together. 

However, the two of them continued to run Venue magazine together. 

It was noted that Herman would continue to play a big role in the lives of Alexia’s two sons from her previous marriage. 

Alexia has been very vocal in the past about how Herman served as a father figure to her children. 

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If you recall, Alexia’s previous husband, Pedro Luis Rosello was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

He was found to be part of one of the largest cocaine smuggling operations in the 1980s. 

UPDATE: Alexia released a statement addressing her ex-husband’s death:

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"The Echevarria family is heartbroken over the sudden passing of our patriarch Herman Echevarria this morning."

"He was a family man, a hardworking businessman, dedicated to helping others and a pillar of his community that was loved by everyone who’s life he touched."

"We ask that you please respect our privacy during this time of grieving."

We extend our thoughts and prayers to the Echevarria family at this difficult time.