RHONY star Jill Zarin's husband Bobby dies
Jill Zarin's husband Bobby has died at age 71 after a long battle with thyroid cancer.
DailyMail.com can reveal that the Real Housewives of New York star has been quietly telling friends over the past few hours before she posted an official announcement on her personal website.
'With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully today surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer,' the family said in a statement.
'Heartbroken': RHONY star Jill Zarin's husband Bobby has died after a long battle with cancer. The reality star announced the news on her website on Saturday
'There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone for all your love, and support during this difficult time.'
Bobby was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009.
He had his thyroid removed as well as undergoing radioactive iodine treatment shortly thereafter, which all hoped would cure the fabric sales mogul.
He explained to People at the time 'the radioactive iodine usually kills off whatever undetectable cancer cells are left in your body after surgery. We thought it was cured – and it usually is in about 93 percent of cases. But I wasn't able to absorb the radioactive iodine. So it came back.'
Sad news: Bobby was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009 (couple and daughter Ally pictured in July 2009)
Unfortunately things then took a turn for the worse for Bobby, and Jill, 54, revealed in the autumn of 2016 the cancer had spread to his lungs and eventually even his brain in the form of a tumor.
After undergoing advanced brain surgery, the family was still hopeful that his recovery was imminent.
'He is not going down without a fight,' Jill proclaimed at the time to People, 'we're hoping for a miracle.'
Jill remained by his bedside while treatment continued, and never let is condition get her down about their relationship.
'He is the most loving and caring person I have ever known besides my father,' she told the publication, before lamenting 'sometimes life just isn't fair.'
Another setback: Unfortunately things then took a turn for the worse for Bobby, and Jill revealed in the autumn of 2016 the cancer had spread to his lungs and eventually even his brain in the form of a tumor (couple pictured in October 2016)
'We have such a great love story,' she added 'he is the love of my life and I will do everything in my power to heal and care for him.'
Last Thursday, on January 4th, Jill posted a sweet photo of the couple looking longingly at one another along with a very gushy caption ':Happy 18th! Anniversary to the love of my life Bobby Zarin. Bobby is the most perfect man I know. He never loses anything, never forgets anything and when I think he is wrong... he is always right!'
She followed that post up with another soon after that may have been a bit more solemn.
The image was actually a collage of images of the duo, with the caption 'Happy Anniversary to my Bobby Zarin .. a lifetime of memories...'
Bobby ran Zarin Fabrics, which was originally founded by his father in New York City in 1936.
He is survived by his three children Jonathan, David and Jennifer, as well as step daughter Allyson, who is Jill's daughter.
Sweet: The last post was actually a collage of images of the duo, with the caption 'Happy Anniversary to my Bobby Zarin .. a lifetime of memories...'