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Herman Echevarria dead at 61

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Herman Echevarria dead at 61

Herman Echevarria has died aged 61.

The 'Real Housewives of Miami' star was found dead in his room on Monday (26.09.16) after family and employees found it odd that he hadn't responded to phone calls or turned up to work.

A statement posted on Instagram by Herman's ex-wife Alexia read: "The Echevarria family is heartbroken over the sudden passing of our patriarch Herman Echevarria this morning. He was a family man, a hardworking businessman, dedicated to helping others and a pillar of his community that was loved by everyone who's life he touched. We ask that you please respect our privacy during this time of grieving."

A source told E! News that the family believed the cause of death was a heart attack, but medical examiners have yet to confirm their determined cause. Police have confirmed the businessman's death, and said that the body was found at the Epic Hotel in Miami.

The Miami Police Department confirmed to 'Entertainment Tonight': "Upon arrival officers discovered that former 'Real Housewives of Miami' Herman Echevarria Sr. was found deceased in his residence."

Police officials believe the reality TV personality - who co-founded Venue magazine alongside Alexia and appeared in the Bravo show with her - was living at the complex, and added that they do not suspect foul play but the investigation is still ongoing.

Herman and Alexia split last year after 15 years of marriage, whilst the divorce was finalised earlier this year.

Despite their called-off romance, the pair stayed close friends and continued to work together for Venue.