Our hearts are just breaking for Jax Taylor.
On Thursday, the Vanderpump Rules star tragically announced on social media that father Ronald Cauchi lost his esophageal cancer battle this week. The reality star’s father was 61 at the time of his passing.
Amid his grief, the Bravolebrity wrote a touching note to his late dad on Instagram. Taylor posted:
Where do I begin… I lost the best man I knew yesterday, he was my best friend. I didn├óΓé¼Γäót go a day with out texting him a pointless question that usually drove him nuts, but I know he loved it. My dad loved his family more than anything in the world he was the “perfect father” and wanted everyone to get along and be happy. Cancer took my dad way too soon but I have to hope and pray that god has a bigger plan for him. The two things other than his family he loved more than anything were Detroit redwings hockey and cars.. He was a simple man that didn├óΓé¼Γäót speak much but when he did you listened. I├óΓé¼Γäóll never forget the 5am hockey practices to windsor Canada on the weekends, the numerous hockey tournaments, and the little talks we had if I had a bad game. He was always there for every practice and every game. When I came to Florida to visit it was like seeing my best friend all the time, our countless fishing trips and pub crawls going to hockey games in tampa. ” drove him crazy cuz tampa would always beat Detroit” yes my parents lived in tampa but Detroit Michigan is my fathers home. My father never said one word that was negative, he helped so many people young and old…. I could go on and on. I love you dad, you are the best thing that has ever happened to me, I am so proud to be your son. Don├óΓé¼Γäót worry I├óΓé¼Γäóll walk jenny down the isle this summer but we are gonna need your help from above bud. Last thing.. thank you dad, thank you for giving me everything I needed in life with out a question. I hope one day I can be half the father you are. Love you so much dad… ├ó┼ô┬¥├»┬╕┬Å also thank you to my amazing “rock” my girlfriend Brittany, I couldn├óΓé¼Γäót and can├óΓé¼Γäót do any of this with out you. My father loved you so much as well, thank you for being who you are and for helping me deal with all this, you are my angel and you always will be. ├░┼╕╦£┼╛ Thank you so so much to everyone who has reached out. I haven├óΓé¼Γäót been in a place to respond to everyone but it means so much. #fuckcancerA post shared by Jax Taylor (@mrjaxtaylor) on Dec 29, 2017 at 9:23am PST
What a terribly sad time for Jax. Mr. Cauchi was diagnosed with stage IV cancer around October. Despite ultimately losing his life to the disease, Ronald put up a brave fight as he underwent two treatments to fight off the cancer.
As Jax has described Ronald as his “idol,” we can only imagine the devastation he is dealing with. Not to mention, the Cauchis just celebrated a happy milestone in November, as Jax’s sister Jenny Cauchi got engaged.
Thankfully, the reality TV star has quite the support system in his castmates. Girlfriend Brittany Cartwright led the charge in paying tribute to Jax and his family online.
It didn’t take long for other VPR vets to join in (below).
Jax & his family are going through a really really hard time right now. Please keep them all in your prayers & respect their privacy. ├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬Å
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Brittany Cartwright (@BNCartwright) December 28, 2017
I├óΓé¼Γäóm so sorry brother.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Peter Madrigal (@LLPJMadrigal) December 29, 2017
├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬Å we are here for you
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ ├░┼╕┬Å┬│├»┬╕┬Å├óΓé¼┬ì├░┼╕┼Æ╦åAriana Madix (@ariana2525) December 29, 2017
If we could reach through the screen and give Jax a hug, we would. Stay strong, bud.
[Image via Jax Taylor/Instagram.]