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Danielle Staub Loses Mother

Danielle Staub with daughters Jillian and Christine

Danielle Staub, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey recently experienced some heartbreak as she recently lost her mother.

According to PEOPLE, Ruth Merrill died on March 21 after having a stroke at the age of 75 in Athens, Penn. Her funeral was held this past Thursday.

Danielle, pictured above with her 2 daughters — Christine and Jillian — shares that her mom will have some appearances on the new season of the NJ Housewives, set to premiere May 3.  “She’s on the show a little bit, she’s definitely a voice of reason with me,” reveals Danielle. “She was a sweet woman, she adopted me, I was her miracle. She was one of the most energetic women. She was a very religious woman, a God-fearing woman.”

As for whether or not her co-stars offered their condolences, Danielle answered no and explained that she did not expect them to. “We know how they feel about me,” said Danielle of her costars. “They weren’t my friends before the show, they weren’t friends with me on the show, and they won’t be friends with me when the show has come and gone. I don’t expect them to reach out to me. I would actually be shocked. I would prefer not to have people be fake around me.”

Some of her fellow housewives are however responding to her comments. Jacqueline Laurita tweeted, “Last she told me, she had NO contact w/her Mom in many years & had NO desire to. News to me.Must be new in the past few months. Sad to hear.”

Teresa Giudice also had the following to say via a tweet, “Just found out that Danielle’s mom passed away may she rest in peace..”

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