Within the many shows under the Real Housewives umbrella, there are many husbands behind the titular women being focused on. One of the most notable was undoubtedly Herman Echevarria Sr., the mutli-hyphenated business mogul that was the estranged husband of The Real Housewives of Miami's Alexia Echevarria. Unfortunately, Echevarria was found dead on Monday morning. He was 61 years old.
At this point, it hasn't yet been determined just what happened to Herman Echevarria. He was found dead in his apartment, located inside of Miami's Epic Hotel, and Miami police will be investigating the cause. Gonzalo Gonzalez, a managing partner at Echevarria's marketing agency BVK/Meka, says employees were concerned when their CEO didn't arrive to work, and Gonzalez believes that Echevarria died in his sleep from a heart attack, according to the Miami Herald.
While Echevarria has many accolades and accomplishments to his name, he was most recognizable to TV viewers as Alexia's hubby on the reality show The Real Housewives of Miami, as he appeared on the series on a few occasions. Alexia was Echevarria's second wife, and though the two separated last year, Alexia did indeed hit up social media to note his passing.
Born on May 12, 1955, Herman Echevarria called Camagüey, Cuba his home until 1966, when his family fled to Hialeah, Florida. It was there that he served as a council member from 1985 to 1997, later hitting up the business world to great effect. Beyond starting up BVK/Meka, he also founded the Spanish-language magazine Venue and spent decades helping out Miami in a variety of ways. He assisted in negotiations to keep the Miami Heat in the city for 30 years, and he also played a big role in securing the historic landmark status for the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center, where musical legends such as Elvis Presley and Pavarotti have performed.
Here's a statement released by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Funeral services will take place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Herman Echevarria is survived by his two sons Nelson and Herman Jr., as well as his stepchildren Peter and Frankie.
We at CinemaBlend send our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Herman Echevarria Sr. in their time of mourning. Here's hoping we don't hear any more bad news out of Miami for a while.