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Jeana Keough Opens up About Ex-Husband Matt Keough’s Sudden Passing

The RHOC alum discussed Matt Keough's cause of death.

By Jocelyn Vena
Jeana Matt Keough Ex Husband Death

Jeana Keough is opening up about the sudden passing of her ex-husband, former pro baseball player Matt Keough, for the first time just days after the Keough family confirmed his death.

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The Real Housewives of Orange County alum confirmed that her ex-husband, 64, died from a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in his lungs.

“He wasn’t sick," she said in a recent interview with HollywoodLife, but noted that she suspects self-quarantining amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic did slow down Matt Keough's daily routine.

"He was used to riding his bike 30 miles a day or 20 miles a day so probably the inactivity... [He was] so young and pretty reasonably healthy. That’s a guy who never ate sugar and ate really healthy," she said.

She also added that there was "no family history" of this condition. Jeana confirmed that he was home with his girlfriend at the time of his passing.

It's been an especially hard death to deal with as Jeana and her family are also still dealing with the passing of Kara Keough Bosworth's newborn son, McCoy Casey Bosworth, shortly after he was born in April.

Jeana said, “You know what to lose a grandchild and an ex husband in less than three weeks — It’s been rough."

The family is pausing on funeral plans for Matt, she explained: “With Matt, we’re waiting. You know, he had to do autopsies and we have sent his brain off to be studied. So we wouldn’t have done a funeral for a few weeks anyway. We’re waiting closer to maybe a week before baseball starts so just baseball friends can be there. I was never a big fan of funerals anyway.”

Jeana and Matt wed in 1984 and have three children together: son Shane, 33, Kara, 31, and Colton, 28. The RHOC couple separated in 2004. However, Jeana hadn't signed the divorce papers until 2019, she announced at BravoCon last fall.

Matt played as a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics from 1977 to 1983. He was an American League All-Star in his rookie 1978 season and won American League Comeback Player of the Year in 1980. Matt also spent time on the New York Yankees (1983), St. Louis Cardinals (1985), Chicago Cubs (1986), and the Houston Astros (1986).

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