A beloved member of the Cake Boss family has passed away. On June 22, after a long battle with ALS, Mary “Mama” Valastro died. She was 69.
Buddy Valastro announced the heartbreaking news in a touching Instagram post.
In a statement to People, the Valastros’ representative noted that Mary’s health had been declining in recent months.
“Mary took a turn yesterday, and Buddy rushed back to New Jersey last night to be by her side. She passed early this morning, June 22nd, surrounded by all of her children. Mary’s condition had been steadily worsening these past months, so it was not sudden but still extremely heartbreaking for the family. After eight years of fighting her battle with ALS, the family is relieved she is no longer suffering. Buddy and his sisters are absolutely crushed right now,” Valastro’s representative said.
According to NJ.com, Mary is survived by her children Buddy Valastro, Mary Sciarrone, Grace Faugno, Maddalena Castano, Lisa Valastro and numerous grandchildren. She is also survived by her husband, Sergio Piccinich, Sr. She was preceded in death by Bartolo Valastro, Sr., who passed away in 1994 from lung cancer.