Radio host Howard Stern‘s stylist, Ralph Cirella has passed away at the age of 58. Stern revealed the shocking news on “The Howard Stern” show, noting that Cirella died because he did not “take care of himself.”
While mourning his late friend, Stern disclosed that the stylist was the reason behind his meeting his wife, Beth Ostrosky, whom he married in 2008.
Howard Stern’s Stylist Died From A ‘Rare’ Form Of Lymphoma
Stern revealed the death of his longtime friend and stylist Cirella on his show. Cirella reportedly passed away on Tuesday after his heart gave out due to battling a “curable” but “rare” form of lymphoma.
“I just have been so sad and so angry,” Stern noted, adding that Cirella “didn’t take care of himself.”
He noted that the late stylist “loved” him and was a “trustworthy, dear friend who made me laugh every time I was with him.”
Before working as Stern’s stylist, Cirella was reportedly hired as the star’s personal assistant and was then promoted to wardrobe consultant and eventually set designer. Cirella’s name is also credited in Stern’s 1997 film “Private Parts” as a member of the crew.
If you know the show, Ralph became a main character on the daily Sirius/XM broadcast.
Howard Stern And Ralph Cirella’s Close Relationship
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Besides their work relationship, Stern and Cirella also shared a close bond behind cameras, with the late stylist being the reason for Stern’s marriage to wife, Ostrosky.
According to the 69-year-old DJ, Cirella was the one who set things in motion in order for him to cross paths with his now-wife. The stylist had urged Stern to attend a party where he met and fell in love with Ostrosky, whom he got married to in 2008.
Stern who spoke to Cirella the night before his death noted that “there was a lot of good times on the show with Ralph,” and that he was taking his death “very hard.”
John Stamos Pays Tribute To His Late Friend Ralph Cirella
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Tributes have already begun pouring in for Cirella, with Hollywood actor John Stamos leading things by sharing how heartbroken he was by the news of the stylist’s death.
He wrote on Instagram, “At the painfully young age of 58, my dear friend, Ralph Cirella, was suddenly taken from us, leaving us all in a state of profound shock. He was, without a doubt, a one-of-a-kind soul.
Ralph wasn’t just a friend; he was family. My mother adored him, and I’ll always cherish the memory of her affectionately mistaking his “berry” for a piece of red jello on his upper lip, playfully attempting to wipe it away.”
Stamos shared how he and Cirella first met, stating, “[We] met in the old days where he worked his magic as a makeup artist for Howard Stern’s Channel 9 show. I can vividly recall how he transformed Howard into a perfect replica of Larry King, showcasing his exceptional talent and creativity. From the day forward, we were lifelong friends, I just wished he lived longer.”
He concluded his post, writing, “My heart aches at the thought of Ralph departing this world alone, without ever experiencing the deep love he undeniably deserved. In our final exchange, I shared a story about someone who called me lucky. When I asked why, their response was simple and profound: “Because you’re friends with Ralph from the Howard Stern show.” And they were absolutely right.
My dear friend, I will miss you so much. I love you, Ralphie boy. Rest in peace.”
R.I.P Ralph Cirella