Nico and Captain Lee were caught having a conversation about St. Maarten while aboard Valor, when the topic quickly turned to Tristen's death.
"It was an unpleasant few months, yeah," Nico said of his time in St. Maarten prior to filming the Bravo show. "Especially, you know, I have a lot going on with my family and everything."
"I'm sorry for that buddy," Captain Lee comforted his crewmember. "
"Life gets crazy sometimes," Nico shrugged.
"Last November unfortunately my 21-year-old brother little brother had fallen from a balcony and hit his head pretty good," he explained in his confessional. "And unfortunately he passed away, and you know he was my best friend."
"You think that you know, maybe you're just dreaming, maybe this isn't real," he continued. "I still try to call his phone and he doesn't pick up. He's never going to."
"It's hard for me to just be here at all," Nico, 24, said through tears. "It's been a hard f**ng three months."
Captain Lee, 67, later admitted he "couldn't imagine what Nico went through" and "his heart went out to him."
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Radar exclusively reported that Tristen died after drunkenly falling from his brother's apartment's balcony following a concert. The apartment did not belong to Nico.
"A friend of the victim contacted redacted about an hour later and notified redacted that the victim had woken up and went outside on the back balcony to smoke a cigarette," the police report obtained by Radar explained. "He fell from the third floor and landed in the alley."
"It appears that that victim may have hit a dumpster before landing," the report added. "No one had witnessed the fall and the victim's friend that discovered the victim was not on scene when R/OS arrived."
"It was determined that the victim had multiple skull fractures, blood on the brain, and his brain had shifted from the fall," the report continued. "The victim also has a broken left arm."
Nico set up a GoFundMe page in his brother's honor shortly after his passing, and later created a foundation in his name to support organ donation.
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