Through multiple starring roles over the last few decades on the likes of Days of Our Lives and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH), Lisa Rinna is famous in more ways than one. Outside of a successful acting career, the star has also worked as a television personality and an author.
In the years since Lisa joined RHOBH, viewers have gotten to know more about her family life as well. In addition to highlighting her life as a mom to her two model daughters, Delilah Belle and Amelia Gray, Lisa also introduced fans to her parents, Frank and Lois Rinna.
Unfortunately, Lisa's dad passed away in 2016, before Season 7 premiered. More than five years later, while Lisa was in the throes of filming Season 12, her mother, Lois, suffered a stroke. She ultimately died in November 2021.
Lisa's raw grief and her heartache will be part of the twelfth season of the Bravo series. Read on to learn more about the actress' late parents.
Lisa Rinna had a close relationship with both of her parents.
Although it wasn't always a topic of discussion in her life, Lisa has made it known on multiple occasions how important the time that she spent with her parents was to her. Her parents both lived in Oregon, which was a far trip from their only daughter. Lisa was actually brought up in Oregon, and she spent the majority of her childhood there.
Nonetheless, the Northern state wasn't enough for Lisa, who had aspirations of being a star. From all accounts, it appears that her parents were very supportive of her decisions, allowing her to pursue modeling in San Francisco right after she graduated from high school.
Lisa's career only took off from there, but no matter how famous she became, she never forgot her roots. She always kept her parents in her life, and she even visited them on RHOBH.
Lisa Rinna's dad passed away back in 2016.
Lisa lost her father roughly six-and-a-half years ago, announcing to fans on Instagram on Jan. 21, 2016, that he had died.
"The World lost a Great Man today......Heaven got a great Angel. I love you Dad," the star wrote, accompanying a photo of Frank and Lois together.
Frank's biggest passion in life (outside of his family) was painting, and Lisa spoke on several occasions about how skilled Frank was at creating art.
According to Us Weekly, Frank died at 94 years old, but his cause of death was not specified. In April 2015, he was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and had reportedly been in poor health leading up to his death.
Lisa spoke of her father's poor health in a 2015 blog, writing, "It’s hard to know that my dad just doesn't want to be here anymore."
"I love my parents dearly, though I think my dad’s days are numbered," she continued at the time. "It's just a matter of time now. Please say prayers for him to go peacefully."
What was Lisa Rinna's mother's cause of death?
The most recent news in the reality star's life is that her mother, Lois, died on Nov. 15, 2021, at 93 years old. Lois became a fan favorite and a scene-stealer whenever she appeared on RHOBH, and fans admired her resilience when they learned that she had a near-fatal run-in with her former co-worker, serial killer David Carpenter.
Lisa confirmed the news of her mom's passing on social media.
"5:05 am Heaven Has a New Angel," the RHOBH star wrote to her Instagram followers accompanied by a photo of Lois on her wedding day.
As for her cause of death, Lisa wrote on Instagram on Nov. 11, 2021, that Lois had suffered a stroke. "I know how much you appreciate and LOVE Lois so I need to tell you that she has had a stroke, I am with her now," she shared with her legions of fans. "So, let's celebrate her and send her so much love while she transitions. I was so conflicted to share this very very sad news with you, but I know you would want to know."
Lois, who had previously appeared alongside her daughter on RHOBH on several occasions, previously suffered from a stroke back in 2013.
As Lois' death has been approaching on the show, Lisa has taken to Instagram to continue to pay tribute to her late mom.
"This is so hard for me," Lisa wrote on Instagram on June 5. "This week is the episode where my Mom passes. I've been dreading reliving this now for 6 months, but here we are..."
In the caption of a subsequent post, Lisa noted that the June 8 episode of the series will include an "absolutely beautiful tribute" to Lois. Lisa's mom would have turned 94 on June 7, 2022.
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