Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Bravo Photo: Melissa Gorgas Music Career Is Taking Off

With two more installments of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 4 Reunion still left to air, Melissa Gorga has a few more weeks before she can really put the battling bitches behind her for good, but right now her family is dealing with something much more serious than petty reality TV drama.

On Oct. 3 Melissa tweeted, “Sad day. My beautiful young cousin lost her battle to cancer. My heart is breaking for her two little girls. Vicious disease.”

We know how much Melissa’s family means to her, so this can’t be an easy thing for her to come to terms with, especially with two young children involved.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Melissa and her extended family during this time.

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