Teresa Giudice's Mother, Antonia Gorga, Dead at Age 66

"Thank you for the love and support during this extremely difficult time," the #RHONJ mom wrote about the passing.

Antonia Gorga, the mother of Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga, died on Friday of natural causes, according to PEOPLE and E! News. She was 66. Teresa confirmed her passing in a touching tribute on Instagram. 

"Thank you for the love and support during this extremely difficult time. My mother was a very cherished part of our family and she'll be deeply missed. Each and every one of your messages of love & support are so appreciated," Teresa said. "Give her eternal rest O Lord and may your light shine on her forever."

If Antonia's name sounds familiar it's because Joe and wife, Melissa Gorga, named their 12-year-old daughter after her. Antonia, who has made appearances on RHONJ in the past, is survived by her two kids, seven grandchildren, and Teresa and Joe's dad, Giacinto Gorga.

Check out throwback photos of the family, below.

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