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Earlier this month, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga revealed that her aunt has begun chemotherapy treatment for stage-four cancer. Sadly, Melissa's aunt has passed away.

On February 13, Melissa posts a photo to Instagram of herself with her late aunt, who has succumbed to cancer after starting chemo less than two weeks ago.

"My precious aunt lost her short battle with cancer," Melissa captions the shot. "My heart hurts. But I know my family now has another guardian angel. #curecancer"

It's incredibly tough to hear this news, and it's very sweet to see how happy Melissa was with her aunt in this photo. 

Melissa first informed her Twitter followers of her aunt's battle on February 4. "My beautiful aunt that I love so much started chemo today," Melissa tweeted at the time. "Please pray for her. She is a wonderful lady, heart of gold. Stage 4."

Following Melissa's sad announcement today, many people have tweeted their condolences to her. One of those people is Real Housewives of New York star Aviva Drescher, who herself is very involved in cancer charity work. "I am so, so sorry for your loss, Melissa," Aviva tweets.

We wish all the best to Melissa's family during this very difficult time. 

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Source: Melissa on Instagram