Bobby Zarin, the husband of RHONY star Jill Zarin, lost the battle with cancer at age 71. He passed away on Saturday, January 13.
Bobby Zarin’s family shared the sad news on the reality star’s official website.
“With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully today surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer”, the statement reads. “There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone, for all your love and support during this difficult time.”
The Real Housewives of New York City star and her husband had just celebrated their wedding anniversary earlier this month.
On January 4, the 54-year-old posted on Instagram a photo of her and husband Bobby from 2015, wishing him a happy 18th anniversary.
“Happy 18th! Anniversary to the love of my life Bobby Zarin. Bobby is the most perfect man I know. He never loses anything, never forgets anything and when I think he is wrong… he is always right”, the reality star wrote.
Happy 18th! Anniversary to the love of my life Bobby Zarin. Bobby is the most perfect man I know. He never loses anything, never forgets anything and when I think he is wrong… he is always right! I will post some photos over the last 20 years… truly a Love Story. Enjoy! I will be on air The Lisa Wexler Show live right now. Call in! Google it!
Later that same day, she posted a collage of photos of the two of them, with a caption of Bobby and her saying: “Here’s to those who wish us well, & those who don’t can go f*** themselves!”
Bobby Zarin was diagnosed with brain cancer last year. By July, the family revealed that he was also discovered tumors on the thyroid gland – he had thyroid cancer in 2009, which went into remission for many years. He also had lung cancer in 2013. This time, he went into an aggressive chemical treatment called Gamma Knife Radiosurgery.
In August, Jill Zarin was posting on Instagram that her husband had made a miraculous recovery after 5 weeks of treatment.
“Thank you @kathywakile and Richie for taking us out last night for Bobby’s first real meal in 5 weeks. His recovery is nothing short of miraculous”, she captioned a photo of the couple dining out at a restaurant in Manhattan, with friends and RHONJ former stars, Kathy and Richie Wakile.
Thank you @kathywakile and Richie for taking us out last night for Bobby's first real meal in 5 weeks. His recovery is nothing short of miraculous. Bobby's will to live and love, incredible Doctors, @melissamcmedium , YOUR PRAYERS around the World!!and @novartis #novartis Chemo pills I don't think Bobby would have ever left the hospital .Thank you to our family and friends who have shown up everyday to help, give a kiss, bring food or send pajamas. My heart is filled with such emotion everyday it's hard to express. From the initial shock to the new "normal" it's been the most emotional time in our lives and couldn't have gotten to where we are without help from many. I wake up everyday now so grateful to see Bobby getting stronger. I'll give another update soon but wanted to share that it is never too late and you have to Live to Live!!
Bobby Zarin was a real estate developer and the founder of Zarin Fabrics. He is survived by his wife, Jill and his three children: Jonathan, David and Jennifer.