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Frank Grande was Ariana Grande's grandfather. Ariana loved him very much and posted pictures of him often, usually of her kissing him on his cheek.
He passed away on July 22, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.

Life

His daughter is Joan Grande. He first met Ariana's grandmother when they were children because they lived in the same neighborhood. When they got older they started to date. Frank was enlisted in the military, and when he got back they got engaged and later married.[1] They got married on September 21, 1946.[2][3] He lived in Boca Raton, Florida. Ariana's brother Frankie Grande was named after him.

Relationship with Ariana

  • He had called Ariana "bellissima" for her whole life.[4]
    • Ariana later got a tattoo with the word "bellissima" on it.
  • In December 2012, he stayed in L.A. for the holidays to spend time with Ariana and watch her perform in A Snow White Christmas.[5]
  • The audio bit at the end of Ariana's song "Daydreamin'" is her grandparents telling the story of how they fell in love.[6]
  • For his 90th birthday, a big party was thrown that had a guest list including of Nathan SykesIsaac CalpitoFrankie Grande, and Jones Crow among many others.[7][8]
  • Ariana took a spontaneous flight to Boca to surprise her grandparents on May 6, 2014.[9]
  • She helps her grandpa at his office sometimes.[10]
  • Ariana posted a video of her grandpa singing to her on the phone.[11]
  • Frank had been battling cancer for a long time but in late May 2014 he became very ill so Ariana cancelled performances to go home and visit him.[12]
  • Ariana announced a couple weeks later that he had finally beaten his cancer.[13]
  • In early July however, he became sick again and Ariana went to see him.[14]
  • Frank passed away on July 22, 2014. Ariana tweeted about it the next day.[15][16][17]
  • Ariana wore a dress to the Grammy's that was made by one of Grandpa's favorite Italian designers.[18]

Gallery

Ari2014-mod2 "I'll give you all I have and nothing less, I promise."
To view the Frank Grande gallery, click here.

References

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