Jan Josephs, ex-husband of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Margaret Josephs, dies at 74

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Jan Josephs, his ex-husband Real Housewives of New Jersey star Margaret Josephs died Aug. 26 at age 74 of a sudden heart attack, PEOPLE can confirm.

The funeral of the beloved father, of Englewood, New Jersey, was held last week. The news of his death was announced by Margaret on Monday, with an emotional post on Instagram.

“Today would have been Jan’s 75th birthday,” Margaret wrote, captioning a black and white photo of a young Jan. “He passed away unexpectedly last week and a piece of us died with him.”

“We are devastated,” he continued, adding that “the night before he left we shared a beautiful conversation about how blessed we are, our children all successful and happy and that we could only brag to each other.”

She went on to say that despite their divorce, the two spoke daily. “They were my family,” Margaret said. “Jan was an amazing father, grandfather, friend, [and] partner with his girlfriend. He loved everyone unconditionally. He loved Motown, working out and Italian food, but most of all he loved his family.”

Her candid post ended with an explanation of why she chose a newer photo of Jan. “I chose this photo not only because it was one of his favorites, but because he had a youthful spirit and will be forever young,” Margaret said. “Happy birthday my angel 🙏🙏🙏💔💔.”

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Margaret, 55, and Jan first married in 1994 when Mr RHONJ The star was 24. At the time, Jan had full custody of his three children (then aged 8, 14 and 16) from a previous marriage.

“They needed someone to love them and I was completely obsessed with them,” Margaret shared during an episode RHONJ for her three stepchildren, who are now 42, 44 and 46.

The exes also share a 26-year-old biological son. Margaret chose to keep all four children off the Bravo reality show and off social media, not revealing their names.

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In 2013, Margaret and Ian ended their marriage after Margaret had an affair with her now-husband Joe Benigno – a revelation she opened up about in her 2021 memoir. Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget.

Shortly after, in 2013, Margaret and Benigno got married. Since then it is a RHONJ regularly, although Jan has also appeared on the show over the years.

Margaret previously told PEOPLE that her decision to leave Jan for Joe added tension between her and her stepchildren, explaining that it had been years since she had spoken to some of them.

“I know they don’t hate me,” Margaret said in 2018. “They hold a grudge. And it doesn’t make it any easier. But I know in my heart we’ll find a way to get back to each other. I would die for them.”

“It’s a pain that no one can cover. It’s heartbreaking,” he continued. “It’s been my whole life. We had every Sunday dinner, bar mitzvah… Not knowing what they’re doing, it’s so weird. I pray every day and write to them all the time. It’s not like they don’t recognize me thanks. But it’s not the same ».

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As for Jan, Margaret told Wendy Williams in April 2021 that she and Jan remained “amazing friends and amazing co-parents.”

He also proved those sentiments in a Father’s Day message on Instagram in June 2019, writing alongside a split photo of Jan and Joe, “Happy birthday to all the incredible dads out there! I’m so thankful and blessed to have I have 2 amazing men in my life who are the true meaning of selflessness when it comes to our family and children.”

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