Now, two weeks after his devastating passing, the Real Housewives of Orange County alum is finally speaking out about the reason behind her ex’s death and how it has affected her family.
“He had a pulmonary embolism,” the RHOC OG said in a new interview with HollywoodLife. According to Jeana, the tragedy came as a shock because “he wasn’t sick…So young and pretty reasonably healthy. That’s a guy who never ate sugar and ate really healthy.” She also added Matt had no family history of the underlying medical condition, which occurred in his lungs.
Understandably, Jeana explained that their dad’s death has been particularly difficult for her three adult children, Shane, Kara and Colton, whom longtime Housewives fans watched grow up on the first five seasons of RHOC. The death is particularly tragic for the family considering it comes just a few weeks after the sudden death of Kara’s infant son, Wyatt. “You know what? To lose a grandchild and an ex husband in less than three weeks, it’s been rough,” Jeana said. “They’re all taking it badly, so they’re all suffering and trying to figure out the new normal.”
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The Coto de Caza-based real estate agent also revealed plans for Matt‘s funeral have been put on hold at the moment due to the complication nature surrounding his death and the current state of the world. “With Matt, we’re waiting,” she said. “You know, he had to do autopsies and we have sent his brain off to be studied. So we wouldn’t have done a funeral for a few weeks anyway…We’re waiting closer to maybe a week before baseball starts so just baseball friends can be there. I was never a big fan of funerals anyway.”
Jeana was married to the former Oakland A’s pitcher from 1984 to the couple’s separation in 2004. During the RHOC star’s tenure on the show, fans watched the couple co-exist under the same room despite being separated. However, Jeana revealed during a panel at last year’s BravoCon that she didn’t sign divorce papers until 2019.
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