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Jill Zarin Husband Bobby Zarin Dead Aged 71

Jan. 13 2018, Published 10:55 p.m. ET

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Jill Zarin's husband Bobby has died at age 71 after a long battle with thyroid cancer.

The Real Housewives Of New York star revealed that her family were 'devastated' by the news.

She posted on the family 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.'

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Bobby Zarin was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009 – he had his thyroid removed as well as undergoing radioactive iodine treatment.

It's understood that his cancer returned last summer and he was receiving treatment in hospital after also having a brain tumor removed.

RadarOnline.com revealed how brave Jill, 53, had been keeping a bedside vigil beside her husband in recent days.

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