Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Farewell to Bobby Zarin, Reality TV's Universally Beloved Jewish Husband

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Farewell to Bobby Zarin, Reality TV's Universally Beloved Jewish Husband

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Some sad news for O.G. Real Housewives of New York City fans, as well as connoisseurs of a particular kind of Jewish masculinity: Bobby Zarin, the undisputed Fabric King of the Lower East Side and husband to former RHONY star Jill Zarin, died this weekend after a long battle with metastatic thyroid cancer. He was 71.

Bobby Zarin holds the distinction of being perhaps the only character in the history of any Housewives franchise to deserve the title of "Universally Beloved." While Jill, a status-conscious redhead with socialite aspirations and a Lawng Island accent so thick you could spread it on your first bagel at break-the-fast, vacillated from overbearing but warm Jewish mother to full-on reality show villain, Bobby, a constant presence at her side in the tinted sunglasses and dignified Mob boss fashions he favored, was always calm, always pleasant, always a person even Jill's enemies seemed happy to see. …

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