Antonia Gorga Dies; Mother of Teresa Giudice, Joe Gorga Was 66

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A beloved member of the Housewives family has passed away.

Antonia Gorga, the mother of The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga, has died at the age of 66.

Antonia Gorga

It is not immediately clear what the cause of Antonia's death was.

The elder Gorga, who made several appearances on her kids' Bravo show, passed away earlier this weekend, according to People.

Both siblings were close with their mother through the years.

Often sharing moments they spent together on social media, the most recent was a December 19 post by Teresa Giudice to Instagram.

You can see that image of mother and daughter above.

“Mommy I love you so much,” Teresa captioned the sweet photo of herself and her mother, both smiling bright and looking truly happy.

Teresa Giudice Poses

The 44-year-old controversy magnet clearly adored the matriarch of her family, adding the hashtag “#daughtersloveforhermom.”

Her younger brother Joe and his wife Melissa Gorga, both 37, had previously honored the Gorga matriarch in the most eternal fashion: 

Their 12-year-old daughter is named after her.

Likely still in mourning and taking care of her affairs, neither Giudice nor the Gorgas have addressed Antonia’s death on social media.

Giudice’s last social media was on Instagram March 1, where she showed off her work with the NephCure Kidney International Foundation.

Joe’s last update was an Instagram shout-out to his wife on Valentine’s Day, while Melissa posted a selfie along with her son yesterday.

Those fans who watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey online don't need to be reminded that their lives have been full of drama.

Lately, though, things have been relatively quiet.

The siblings recently united for a Christmas Eve celebration, the first Teresa has hosted had at home since her husband went to jail.

Teresa Giudice's husband of 17 years, Joe, is serving out a 41-month sentence for bankruptcy fraud in federal prison in Fort Dix, N.J.

“Merry Christmas Eve with the family,” she gushed in her caption of a photo of the couple’s four daughters, along with her little brother's kids.

Teresa and Joe share Gia, 16, Gabriella, 12, Milania, 11, and Audriana, 7; Melissa and Joe are parents to Antonia, Gino, 8 and Joey, 5. 

Our condolences to the family this weekend.

No matter what they've been through, or what you think of some of their life choices, family has been at the center of all that they do.

Losing a loved one is a deeply painful experience for anyone, obviously, and especially for such a tight-knit family unit like the Gorgas. 

Our thoughts are with them at this time.

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