The star of The Real Housewives of New York City, Jill Zarin's husband Bobby died at the age of 71, after a long battle with cancer.

The news about his death was announced by Jill through her official website saying that her husband died on Saturday surrounded by his family.

In her words,

“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. “There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone for all your love, and support during this difficult time.”

Also, Aly Shapiro, her stepdaughter, shared her moment with Bobby in a heart touching Instagram post on Saturday. Shapiro shared a gallery of photos with Bobby over the years.


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She wrote,

“We love Bobby. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful family and being the most incredible step-Dad anyone could ever ask for. I don’t remember a time without you, and you will not be forgotten. Every shot of patron, every time we listen to Hotel California, every vroom of a Ferrari you will be right there with us. You fought with dignity and courage, surrounded by all of us with love and respect till the very end. You can rest In peace now, we love you so much.”

His funeral will be held Monday, Jan 15 at 10 a.m at Riverside Memorial in New York City.

In 2009, Bobby was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He then got the thyroid removed and underwent radioactive iodine treatment. However, it didn't kill all his cancer cells. Talking to PEOPLE, Bobby said,

“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.”

Unfortunately for him, cancer spread to his lungs. In Fall 2006, his wife unveiled to PEOPLE that Bobby was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent Knife Radiosurgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Jill remained positive throughout his treatment and fully supported her husband. But, his condition worsened over the summer and had to be admitted to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, recovering from a procedure.

She was all positive about the recovery of her husband and even told PEOPLE that she was hoping for a miracle.


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Jill never left her husband's side while at the hospital and continuously worked to raise money for thyroid cancer research for him and other diseases through her Annual Luxury Luncheon, opened publicly last year. The pair last January celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary as well.

Bobby who ran Zarin Fabrics is survived by his wife Jill and his three children-David, Jonathan and Jennifer Zarin, stepdaughter Ally.