Father of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Star Joe Giudice Dead

PHOTO: Frank Giudice appears in court to support his son Joe Giudice and wife Teresa Giudice who face charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans in this July 30, 2013, file photo in Newark, United States. PlayMichael Loccisano/Getty Images
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The father of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Joe Giudice died today. He was 63.

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Frank Giudice was found outside the couple's home, said a spokeswoman for Joe and his wife, Teresa Giudice. Joe and his father were chasing their dog when Frank suddenly fell ill

The cause of death hasn't been released.

The Giudices are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges in March. Both face possible jail time.

Joe Giudice, who has three children with his Bravo star wife, also faces possible deportation to his native Italy.

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