Losing a child is something no parent should ever experience.
Children should outlive their parents, and when that doesn’t happen, entire worlds come crashing down, and all of a sudden, nothing is the same and grief settles in the hearts of the bereaved parents.
Earlier this month, on January 12, 2023, Sopranos actor John Ventimiglia lost his daughter.
Odele was a 25-year-old mother of baby Shiloh, who is now left to be raised without the most important person in her life.
The tragic news was shared by John’s wife, Belinda.
“Heartbroken to have to post our darling Odele’s funeral notice,” she wrote. “Her sister Lucinda and I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support and love we have received, and your remembrances of how cherished Odele was to so many. Odele was greatly loved, and leaves a huge hole in our lives.”
The post continued, “Odele is survived by her sister, Lucinda Ventimiglia, mother, Belinda Cape, father John Ventimiglia, and her beloved daughter Shiloh.”
The family thanked everyone for their condolences and prayers and asked for donations instead of flowers. They started a GoFundMe page to to support baby Shiloh. The amount raised has been $55,000 so far, and suppressed the initial goal of $50,000.
Odele’s older sister, Lucinda, shared her heartbreak over her younger sister’s passing. “Odele Cape Ventimiglia – 4/7/1997 – 1/12/2023 words will never be enough to express the grief we are all feeling. I loved my little sister a lot and I will spend the rest of my life searching for her in everything,” she wrote.
“A funeral for Odele will be held at 12 pm next Thursday, 1/26, at Old First Reformed Church in Park Slope. my family and i are so grateful for all the care and support we have been receiving during this impossible time. it has never been more clear how much she meant to so many people. sending love to everyone who is trying to cope with her loss – look after each other and keep Odele in your thoughts 🤍🤍🤍,” the statement continued.
The cause of death hasn’t been revealed yet.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ventimiglia family.
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