Southern Charm star Naomie Olindo shared with Instagram fans this week that her father Joel died of esophageal cancer. In an emotional message, Olindo revealed that his father had been battling the disease privately for twelve months and that he died peacefully on Friday surrounded by people who love him.
“I missed him before he even left, and I can’t imagine what this road will look like,” the 27-year-old said in a caption to a photo showing Olindo at his father’s bedside hospital. “If someone you love is fighting this horrible disease, know that my heart is with you and that it really hurts for you. There are not really words for this pain, but I am very grateful for the kindness and love that our friends and family showed us during my most difficult period of our lives. “
Olindo went on to write that for those who have had their lives impacted by her father in a tiny or enormous way, she would love to see them upon waking up in honor of Joel which will take place on January 4 at the Nico restaurant near Charleston. , South Carolina, to celebrate his father.
Olindo said her father was the most incredible person she had ever known. He and his mom Carole – who are both from France – have appeared on Southern Charm in the past. However, they never mentioned his battle with cancer in front of Bravo cameras.
The charming fellow from the south, Eliza Limehouse, commented on Olindo’s post, writing that she loved him so much and sent her prayers. Thousands of fans have also expressed their condolences, and many write how sorry they are for the loss of Olindo.
The tragic news of Joel’s death means that Olindo is the second Southern Charm star to lose a parent in 2019. In August, Kathryn Dennis lost her mother, Allison Calhoun Dennis, who also fought cancer. Dennis told People Magazine that she was “incredibly close” to her mother, and she also called her mother her “best friend.”
Just months before Allison’s death, Kathryn said her mother had stayed so close that she didn’t know what she would do without her.
New episodes of Southern Charm will return to Bravo in the spring of 2020.