'Big Brother 16' HG Frankie Grande's Grandfather Passes Away
'Big Brother 16' HG Frankie Grande's Grandfather Passes Away
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Sad news from outside of the Big Brother 16 house. Pop star Ariana Grande, Frankie's sister, has tweeted that their grandfather has passed away. Ariana mentioned that he was her "favorite person to ever exist."

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Ariana explained that her family talked to their grandpa about whether they should pull him out of the game, but he told them not to do it. She tweeted that "he said 'no way! he's gotta play the game even tho i don't understand it.'"


UPDATE: At 5pm PT on the live feeds, Frankie was crying and talking about his grandfather. The producers informed him of the death. He received a letter from his family, encouraging him to stay in the game, and he will get to send a letter to them. Everyone was giving him hugs and crying.


On Big Brother, the HGs are completely cut off from the outside world. It's very rare for the producers to step in and inform them of something happening. The most famous example is from the show's second season on 9/11. There were three HGs remaining and they were told of the attack, which was especially moving as one of the HGs had a family member who worked in the Twin Towers.

Frankie often talks on the Big Brother 16 live feeds about how close he is to his family, especially his sister, mother and grandmother.


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