frankie grande grandfather dies big brother 16 'Big Brother 16': Frankie Grande's grandfather dies, Ariana Grande says they won't disrupt the gameSad news for “Big Brother 16” contestant Frankie Grande. His grandfather, who is also named Frank, has passed away. Sister Ariana Grande has been tweeting about the somber occasion for her family.

Ariana writes, “Thank you for your continuous love & light over the past few weeks, we did lose my favorite person to ever exist yesterday, my grandpa. If only y’all knew how amazing he was. My [heart] hurts so much. It’s beyond broken, but I got to hold his hand and watch him find his peace. This is the hardest thing imaginable but I’m so grateful that I got to spend this time with him & my family. Taking care of him & loving him. we thank you so much for the continuous love.”

She adds that her grandfather didn’t want Frankie to leave “Big Brother” for him, writing, “Asked grandps last week if he wanted us to pull frankie off bb & he said ‘no way! he’s gotta play the game even tho i don’t understand it.'”

Zap2it has reached out to CBS for comment.

This situation hasn’t actually come up much in “Big Brother’s” 16-season history, which is a little surprising. But the show did tell the final 3 of Season 2 about the 9/11 attacks, as contestant Monica’s cousin was missing and presumed killed in the World Trade Center towers.

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