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Jill Zarin & Bobby Zarin

Despite Jill Zarin‘s optimism, Bobby Zarin lost his battle with brain cancer over the weekend.

Jill confirmed the news with a statement on her 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. There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone, for all your love and support during this difficult time.” 

After being in remission for years, Bobby, 71, was diagnosed again over the summer and began an aggressive treatment with chemotherapy. Throughout the fall Bobby was often photographed attending events with Jill, and seemed to be regaining his health, but in November Jill admitted Bobby was “not well.”

Bobby and Jill just celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on January 4th. In an emotional instagram post to commemorate the occasion Jill called him “the most perfect man I know” and promised “a lifetime of memories.”

Bobby is survived by three children from his first marriage, and his step-daughter Ally.

Several reality stars have reached out to Jill in response to Bobby’s passing, including Bethenny Frankel who tweeted: “‘Here’s to those who wish us well. All the rest can go to hell.’ One of Bobby Zarin’s favorites. Another one: ‘It’s all good,’ and Bobby, now it really is… #RIP”

RIP BAAAAWBY. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Jill and the Zarin family.

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