In a heartbreaking Instagram post, Buddy Valastro from the popular TLC show, ‘Cake Boss,’ revealed that his mother Mary Valastro has passed away. Mary was an important figure on the show as the matriarch of the family.
She passed away at the age of 69 after an eight-year battle with ALS. Thankfully, her family was there to stand by her side to support her throughout her struggle. Approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the disease each year.
The family takes comfort in the knowledge that Mary is no longer suffering and she can rest easy at last. Her death comes 23 years after the passing of her late and much-beloved husband, Bartolo Valastro.
Bartolo died of lung cancer at 54 years old. At the time, his son was a young man but Buddy has talked about the great impact that his father had on his life.
Although saddened by the loss of now both of his parents, he is relieved to know that they will be reunited in heaven. In his post he writes of his mother, “I hope she’s dancing to ‘I Will Survive’ with my dad right now”
The picture he’s chosen to share is of himself kissing his mother on the cheek. The photo is a loving tribute to his mother and the incredible bond that they shared.
Family is of great importance to the Valastros, as seen in the show. In fact, Buddy is the owner of several bakeries in both New Jersey and New York which employs many of his family members.
Buddy has stated before that his love of baking was passed on to him from Bartolo and that it was his father who taught him everything he now knows about baking and decorating.
Buddy states, “It was important to him that I learn every aspect of the business from dish washing to decorating […] I started out helping him and learning from the way he did things.”
He is grateful for the moments that he spent with his mom at work. In breaking the news of Mary’s disease, many fans of the show and family were heartbroken.
Mary passed away peacefully in the presence of her family. They have asked for privacy while they deal with the tragedy of losing such a central figure in their life.