‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Margaret Josephs recently revealed some tragic news about her first husband, Jan Josephs. The reality star posted on Instagram that Jan celebrated his 75th birthday on September 6 but tragically passed away last week. It was unclear how or when Jan died at this point. However, a source later revealed to Page Six that “on August 26, he suffered a fatal heart attack.”
In Margaret’s tribute to Jan on Instagram, she said: “He passed away unexpectedly last week and a part of us died with him. We are heartbroken.” Following her announcement, thousands of fans and friends expressed their condolences and support in the comments for the “RHONJ” star and her family. Dolores Catania, another Real Housewives of New Jersey star, commented, “Happy birthday in heaven Jan ❤️ I hear the oldies play from here 😇🙌,” while former full-time cast member Jackie Goldschneider wrote, “Everything Happy birthday Jan. I know he was loved so much. ❤️❤️.”
Jan has appeared on the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” a few times over Margaret’s time on the show (via People). The possible end of the marriage to the reality star was often a topic of conversation among housewives – the partnership ended after Margert had an affair. But despite their turbulent romantic relationship, Jan and Margaret were able to maintain a strong friendship after their divorce and until his death.
Jan and Margaret Josephs remained close despite their separation
Unlike many divorced couples, Margaret and Jan Josephs remained close even after their romantic love ended and maintained a special friendship. The couple married in 1994 and had one child together, according to Page Six, although Margaret also helped raise three children Jan had with his ex-wife. The ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star has opened up about how she cheated on Jan with her now-husband Joe Benigno on the show. Unfortunately, this scandal created serious tension between Margaret and her stepchildren, who became estranged from her as a result.
She told People in 2018, “Our marriage was over long before Joe walked into the picture. Jan knows what happened and we’re good friends… we’re still a team.” Although Margaret and Jan have moved on and have been able to get along well, there was still tension between Margaret and her stepchildren until recently. A source revealed to Page Six, “They have healed and everyone came together for the past week to celebrate Jan’s life.” It’s unclear where their current relationship stands, but it’s obvious their current focus is on celebrating the late Jan to mourn Joseph.