John Ventimiglia is mourning the death of his daughter, Odele, who died at 25.
Following the tragic death of the young mother, the actor who played Artie Bucco on the show and his family have made a heartfelt plea.
They have asked that instead of sending flowers to the funeral, well-wishers donate to Shiloh, Odele’s daughter, through a GoFundMe account.
“Following the loss of our lovely Odele, we are looking for funds to help Shiloh with future educational expenses,” according to a post on the page that includes a picture of the adorable baby.
The initial goal of $50,000 has already been exceeded, thanks to contributions and words from many of John’s co-stars and coworkers.
The charitable appeal comes after Odele’s mother, Belinda, announced on social media that her daughter had died on January 12.
“Heartbroken to have to post our lovely Odele’s funeral notice,” the agonizing update stated.
“The messages of love and support that we have received, as well as your memories of how cherished Odele was to many, have left her sister Lucinda and I speechless. Odele was adored and will forever be missed in our lives.”
Odele’s sister Lucinda Ventimiglia, mother Belinda Cape, father John Ventimiglia, and beloved daughter Shiloh are all still alive, according to the statement.
Even though the cause of death has not been revealed, Belinda has received a flood of condolence notes.
“Belinda” was one of them. I’m deeply sorry for your tragic loss. “I witnessed Odele’s growth and witnessed her delight at meeting Shiloh. Know that I’m thinking about you, even if no words can comfort you.”
“What a disaster,” said another. “Please accept my condolences for your loss.”
Odele’s social media accounts are private, so little is known about her private life.
According to her family, Shiloh was born at Mount Sinai Maternity Ward in November 2022.