TV queen Lisa Vanderpump’s brother Mark has been found dead after a suspected drug overdose. The pair are pictured together above in May 2015/ Twitter
TV personality and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump is calling her brother’s death “a shock to us all,” according to a report in the Daily Mail Sunday.
The British tabloid reported that 59-year-old Mark Vanderpump, who worked as a DJ, died of a suspected drug overdose at his home in Gloucestershire, England, on April 30.
It’s unclear it the fatal overdose was accidental or deliberate, according to the paper.
Sources told DailyMail.com that the reality TV restaurant mogul has been left devastated by her brother’s death and will be traveling to the UK for the funeral.
She has not been seen in public or on social media since hearing of Mark’s death and is understood to be focusing on the welfare of her two nephews.
In a statement released to DailyMail.com, Vanderpump described the tragedy as ‘a shock to us all’ and said she had connected with her brother on April 29 – the day before his death.
She said, “This has come as a shock to us all. My brother and I had connected the day before this tragedy and I was completely unprepared for this.”
“He was my only sibling and I am shocked and saddened by his passing. I am trying to be supportive to his two young sons that he has left behind, and help them get through this tragedy.”
“We appreciate your consideration in this private and extremely difficult family time.”
Fox News reports that Mark Vanderpump faced legal troubles and the end of his 22-year marriage, according to the paper.
Vanderpump is one of the stars of the reality TV show “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” She also stars in a spinoff, “Vanderpump Rules,” which features her West Hollywood restaurant Sur and its employees.
The 57-year-old is also famous for her philanthropy, she founded the Vanderpump Dog Foundation to help fight the sale of dogs for meat and has taken part in protest marches against China’s notorious Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
Rest in peace brother.