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Yesterday, the world began to hear about the passing of Bobby Zarin, The Real Housewives of New York’s Jill Zarin’s husband. In this Bobby Zarin wiki, we’ll examine the life of this reality TV star, where he made his money, Bobby Zarin’s children, and the disease that resulted in Bobby Zarin’s death.

Who Was Bobby Zarin?

Robert F. Zarin was born on March 29, 1946. His father was the second generation owner of Zarin Fabrics.

He eventually followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps by going into the family business, but there was a stop or two along the way. His first career was that of a special education teacher, but eventually, he found that were too many interesting opportunities with Zarin Fabrics.

Before Jill Zarin came into the picture, Bobby Zarin was already married and divorced from Eileen Zarin. He had three children with his ex-wife: David, Jennifer, and Jonathan Zarin. Bobby and Jill Zarin dated for a few years before getting married on January 4, 2000. His wife came into the relationship with a daughter, Allison.

The couple not only joined forces romantically, but they also work together on various businesses and projects.

Bobby Zarin’s Net Worth

In addition to his successful fabrics business, Bobby Zarin got into real estate and made some very wise investments. For example, the building that is home to Zarin Fabrics was purchased by Zarin for $100,000, and is now worth approximately $6.0 million, thanks to the New York real estate being at a premium.

At the time of his death, Bobby Zarin’s net worth was estimated at $35.0 million, according to sources.

Bobby Zarin’s Cancer Diagnosis

Bobby Zarin was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009. So, he underwent radioactive iodine treatment and had his thyroid gland removed to help eradicate the disease from his system completely. Sadly, this would not be the case.

In 2013, it was found that the cancer returned. But this time, it had spread to Zarin’s lungs.

He was also diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 and underwent Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The signs were not pointing towards a full recovery, but the Zarin family were hopeful that new and experimental treatments might be the key to saving his life.

Jill Zarin took the lead position in researching the best doctors for her husband’s condition.

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Bobby Zarin told People, “Jill got a group of doctors together who are like the A-team. She really looked into everything and did so much research. It’s good I have Jill on my side.”

In the meantime, the Zarins also focused their time, energy, and money into thyroid cancer research in the hopes that it may be able to help someone down the road. The couple combined their efforts with the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

The Foundation even honored Zarin at one of their annual fundraisers.

Passing On

Unfortunately, the treatments did not cure Bobby Zarin. He was admitted to a hospital in July and passed away yesterday.

Jill Zarin’s website posted an official statement that read: “With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully today surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone for all your love, and support during this difficult time.”

Rest In Peace my love. Words can not express the hole in my heart. Bobby taught me what true and deep love is. Thank you my love for sharing your life with me.. for raising Allyson as if she was your own, being an amazing father and grandfather and teaching me how to be a better person. You inspire those around you to be the best they can be. I will never forget you… your legacy lives on through your beautiful children and grandchildren . I will continue to raise money and awareness for ITOG ( international Thyroid Oncology Group) so maybe this won’t happen to the next guy who draws the proverbial short straw. I will continue to honor you and make you proud . You taught me so many lessons. I will turn the lights off when I leave a room and try not to lose my keys! Lists! Yes I will make lists now that you can’t remind me. Thank you to all our friends, family and fans for the most incredible love you have shown our family. The messages bring tears to my eyes and will continue reading them all in the coming weeks. I will continue my tribute in the coming days and weeks and if you want to share anything please leave messages. Tomorrow is the funeral so I will sleep now. Love Jill

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