Written by Melanie Burton, September 27, 2016

Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria’s estranged hubby Herman Echevarria Sr was found dead inside a hotel room on Monday, with the Miami Police Department confirming the news to Us Weekly.

Family and employees contacted police after Herman failed to show up for work, and according to E! News, it was then that his body was found inside a room at Miami’s Epic Hotel.

Herman’s business partner Gonzalo Gonzalez told the Miami Herald that he believes Herman died in his sleep from a heart attack, but the police are still investigating the cause of death.

“The Echevarria family is heartbroken over the sudden passing of our patriarch Herman Echevarria this morning,” Alexia told Us in a statement.

“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.”

COCONUT GROVE, FL - NOVEMBER 13: Alexia Echevarria and Herman Echevarria attend the New Gold Standard of Celebration hosted by Johnnie Walker at The Cruz Building on November 13, 2014 in Coconut Grove, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for Ocean Drive)

Alexia and Herman back in 2014.

In May 2015, Us confirmed that Alexia and Herman had separated after 15 years of marriage.

Herman was a father figure to her two sons, Peter and Frankie, from her previous marriage to criminal Pedro Luis Rosello. Pedro was sentenced to 24 years in jail after being part of one of the biggest cocaine smuggling operations in the 80s.

“It’s uncomfortable to have to speak about my ex-husband, the biological father of my children, after we have been legally divorced for over 17 years,” Alexia wrote in a 2013 Bravo blog post.

“As you all know, I’ve been happily married to Herman for the last 13 years. Peter and Frankie have always lived with me and Herman,” she said at the time. “[They] have been blessed with having two fathers in their lives.”

RIP Herman.

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