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‘Big Brother’: Derrick’s grandfather dies after he throws HOH for Frankie Grande

Talk about a bizarre – and eerie -- turn of events. Less than 24 hours after “Big Brother” contestant Derrick Levasseur threw a Head of Household competition so a fellow housemate could win it and see pictures of his family, Levasseur’s own grandfather has died.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Frankie J. Grande attends the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 16, 2013 in New York City.
Photo by Larry Busacca

On Friday, TMZ reported that Derrick Levasseur was given a note from producers with the sad news that his grandfather had passed away, just two days after contestant Frankie Grande learned that his grandfather had died. Grande, who is the half brother of pop singer Ariana Grande, was so distraught over his family’s news that Levasseur purposely passed on a trivia question so Grande would win Head of Household. One of the perks of winning HOH is the opportunity to see family photos.

According to Buddy TV, on the show’s live feeds on Friday night, Levasseur, who’s an undercover cop, revealed that his family isn’t as close as Grande’s and he said he wasn't planning to leave the “Big Brother” house for his grandfather’s funeral on Sunday. Grande is also staying in the game, as per the request of his family who urged him to stay in and win the competition.

Grande went so far as to deliver an on-camera eulogy for his beloved grandfather (you can see it here) in which he described his admirable work ethic and attention to his appearance. Grande called his grandfather one of the “strongest, greatest men to have walked this earth.”

On the “Big Brother” live feeds, the houseguests talked about the eerie coincidence of the two grandfathers dying just days apart, and some commented that deaths often happen in threes. Let’s hope they’re wrong about that.

“Big Brother" rarely shares news from the outside world with its contestants, but an exception was made in 2001 when the “Big Brother “ season 2 cast was told about 9/11. That season, contestant Monica Bailey learned that her cousin was missing and had later died in one of the World Trade Center buildings.

The next episode of “Big Brother” airs on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

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