He's leaning on the support of his fans, friends, and family. Earlier this week, Vanderpump Rules star Jax Taylor announced that his father, Ronald Cauchi, had passed away after battling stage IV cancer. But now, after a brief social media hiatus, Jax opened up about his father's death and he thanked everyone for this support during this difficult time.
"Thank you to everyone for the kind messages, I haven’t had any strength to respond or breathe for that matter, I just want you all to know Brittany has been reading them to me," he tweeted. Jax also took to Instagram to share a lengthy, heartfelt tribute to his father.
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Where do I begin… I lost the best man I knew yesterday, he was my best friend. I didn’t go a day with out texting him a pointless question that usually drove him nuts, but I know he loved it. My dad loved his family more than anything in the world he was the “perfect father” and wanted everyone to get along and be happy. Cancer took my dad at 61, way too soon but I have to hope and pray that god has a bigger plan for him. The two things other than his family he loved more than anything were Detroit redwings hockey and cars.. He was a simple man that didn’t speak much but when he did you listened. I’ll never forget the 5am hockey practices to windsor Canada on the weekends, the numerous hockey tournaments, and the little talks we had if I had a bad game. He was always there for every practice and every game. When I came to Florida to visit it was like seeing my best friend all the time, our countless fishing trips and pub crawls going to hockey games in tampa. “ drove him crazy cuz tampa would always beat Detroit” yes my parents lived in tampa but Detroit Michigan is my fathers home. My father never said one word that was negative, he helped so many people young and old…. I could go on and on. I love you dad, you are the best thing that has ever happened to me, I am so proud to be your son. Don’t worry I’ll walk jenny down the isle this summer but we are gonna need your help from above bud. Last thing.. thank you dad, thank you for giving me everything I needed in life with out a question. I hope one day I can be half the father you are. Love you so much dad… ✝️ also thank you to my amazing “rock” my girlfriend Brittany, I couldn’t and can’t do any of this with out you. My father loved you so much as well, thank you for being who you are and for helping me deal with all this, you are my angel and you always will be. 😞 Thank you so so much to everyone who has reached out. I haven’t been in a place to respond to everyone but it means so much. #fuckcancer
Earlier this month, the Bravo personality broke the news of his diagnosis. "Yes cancer f–king sucks, watching my father go through this is killing me.. prayers to all the families that have to deal with this awful disease," he tweeted on Dec. 4. "I don’t wish this disease on my worst enemy. #f–kcancer watching your loved ones battle while I sit and watch is the worst feeling."
Later, on Dec. 11, the 38-year-old opened up to The Daily Dish about his father's health. "It’s in his throat, his esophagus, so it’s rough. It’s rough, because my dad, he’s like my idol. My dad was always the person who never got sick, I always looked up to him," he said. Taylor added that there was "no amount of money" he could spend to save his dad. "There’s nothing I can do."
Sadly, on Thursday, Dec. 29, Jax took to Twitter to announce the heartbreaking news. "My heart is broken, I lost my best friend and the best man I have ever met last night, I love you so much dad I can’t even breathe anymore, only person not letting me fall right now is my amazing girlfriend [Brittany Cartwright]. I love you dad," he wrote.
My heart is broken, I lost my best friend and the best man I have ever met last night, I love you so much dad I can’t even breathe anymore, only person not letting me fall right now is my amazing girlfriend. I love you dad.
— Jax (@mrjaxtaylor) December 29, 2017
Luckily, Jax's VPR costars have been showing their support. "Let's flood @mrjaxtaylor with love and compassion. So sorry for your loss my friend," Tom Schwartz wrote on Twitter. "I’m so sorry brother," Peter Madrigal added. Our thoughts are with Jax and his family during this difficult time.