Bobby Zarin, the husband of former “The Real Housewives of New York City” cast member Jill Zarin, has died, according to a statement published on his wife’s official website. He was 71.
“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” the Zarin family said in a statement.
His stepdaughter Aly Shapiro remembered him in a touching Instagram post also on Saturday, sharing a gallery of photos of the two over the years.
The statement says that Zarin, who battled cancer, died Saturday surrounded by his family.
“There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are,” the statement read. “Thank you, everyone, for all your love and support during this difficult time.”
Bobby was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009 and went on to have his thyroid removed as well as underwent radioactive iodine treatment.
“The radioactive iodine usually kills off whatever undetectable cancer cells are left in your body after surgery,” he previously told PEOPLE. “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.”
The cancer wound up returning and spread to his lungs. In Fall 2016, Jill revealed to PEOPLE that he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.” people report”.
As Bobby’s treatment continued, Jill remained dedicated to raising money for thyroid cancer research for him and others who have the deadly disease through her Annual Luxury Luncheon, which was opened to the public for the first time last year.
At the time, Jill, who formerly starred on “The Real Housewives of New York,” gushed about the pair’s longtime relationship, writing, “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! … truly a Love Story. read more details from people