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RHOM's Alexia Echevarria's ex-husband Herman Echevarria Sr. dies suddenly

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RHOM's Alexia Echevarria issues a heartbreaking statement following the death of her ex-husband

Herman Echevarria Sr. — Miami businessmen and estranged husband of The Real Housewives of Miami's Alexia Echevarria — died on Monday, Sept. 26. He was age 61.

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According to E! News, Herman was found dead in his room at Epic Hotel in Miami. Family and employees had reportedly raised the alarm when he didn't show up to work or answer his phone.

The case is still under investigation and the cause of death is yet to be confirmed, however, according to E! News, a source told them that the family believes Herman could have suffered a heart attack. His business partner, Gonzalo Gonzalez, echoed those thoughts, as he reportedly told the Miami Herald that it's believed Herman died in his sleep from a heart attack.

Herman and Alexia separated in May of 2015 after 15 years of marriage, and according to E! News, they were recently divorced. However, they appear to have remained on good terms and Alexia has issued a heartbreaking statement on Instagram about Herman's sudden death.

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"The Echevarria family is heartbroken over the sudden passing of our patriarch Herman Echevarria this morning," she wrote. "He was a family man, a hardworking businessman, dedicated to helping others and a pillar of his community that was loved by everyone who's life he touched. We ask that you please respect our privacy during this time of grieving."

According to the Miami Herald, via Us Weekly, the funeral will take place on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery.

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Our thoughts are with the Echevarria family during this sad time.

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RHOM's Alexia Echevarria issues a heartbreaking statement following the death of her ex-husband
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