Real Housewives of Miami husband Herman Echevarria Sr., 61, was found dead Monday in a Miami hotel room. Initially, it was thought that Echevarria, the estranged husband of RHOM Alexia Echevarria, had a heart attack, but the Miami police are now reported to be involved in the case. The Echevarrias separated last year after 15 years of marriage.
Alexia and Herman Echevarria, who were featured on Bravo’s RHOM, ran a magazine together called Venue. Together, they were raising Alexia’s two sons from her first marriage. Their separation last year was said to be amicable, and they were not yet divorced.
Herman Echevarria, Sr., a Cuban exile, was very well connected in Miami business and politics. His estranged wife, Alexia Echevarria of RHOM released a statement mourning the loss of Herman says PageSix.
“The Echevarria family is heartbroken over the sudden passing of our patriarch Herman Echevarria this morning. He was a family man, a hardworking businessman, dedicated to helping others and a pillar of his community that was loved by everyone who’s life he touched. We ask that you Please respect our privacy during this time of grieving.”
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The Miami Herald called Herman Echevarria a “made in Miami success story,” and a Hialeah politico. Reports say that Echevarria was found dead in his apartment that is part of Miami’s Epic Hotel. Echevarria, 61, had his hand in a variety of ventures, including serving as a Hialeah council member for 12 years and as chief executive officer of BVK/Meka, a national advertising and marketing company on Brickell Avenue.
Echevarria also ran his Spanish language magazine, Venue, with wife Alexia.
Herman Echevarria worked together with Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas on an arena deal to keep the Miami heat in Miami for at least 30 years. Penelas remembers Echevarria’s charitable nature.
“I asked him to do that. He has done a lot of positive things for this community. He was a real deal, a real friend. It wasn’t just about politics. He was a complete community person and did a lot of good work on many philanthropic and charitable causes.”
Echevarria was also instrumental in the effort to preserve and support the Gusman Center For the Performing Arts, which hosted everything from Elvis Presley to the Miami Film Festival.
“I think it’s a disgrace that we close the door on so much history. I will have the satisfaction of saving an icon of Miami. I want do something for a community that has been very good to me.”
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce also released a statement, praising Echevarria’s work ethic and spirit.
“With Herman’s loss, we mourn the passing of a great friend, trusted adviser, and passionate supporter. His work as a successful entrepreneur, respected business leader, philanthropist and devoted family man represented the very best of our community.”
Radar Online confirmed that the death of Herman Echevarria was a natural one, and no foul play was involved, according to Detective Antonio Reyes. The detective also verified that neither drugs nor alcohol were involved either. The coroner has released the body to the Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home for a viewing. Herman Echevarria, Sr. will be buried at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery on September 29th.
Former Real Housewives of Miami cast mate Lisa Hochstein sent her thoughts to the Echevarria family.
“I am so saddened by this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’m always here for you. Love you.”
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