Jason Hitch, one of the stars of the second season of the TLC series “90 Day Fiancé,” has died due to complications from COVID-19, according to the reality star’s sister.
Sister Shannon confirmed to TMZ that Hitch — who was not vaccinated against the virus — passed away Tuesday at the age of 45 in the ICU of an undisclosed Florida hospital. Hitch’s family was reportedly by his bedside for his final moments, holding his hands.
To the family’s knowledge, Hitch did not suffer from any pre-existing conditions, but in addition to COVID-19 complications, he may have died from “other factors,” Shannon suggested.
She went on to call her brother, who was a first lieutenant in the Army reserves in Florida, a “true and honest shooter, a great officer and leader to his men.”
Hitch appeared on “90 Day Fiancé” in 2014, where he married Cássia Tavares, a Brazilian woman who moved to the US to be with him.
The couple had separated by 2017, divorcing the following year.
“A successful relationship is communication, physical attraction and doing whatever it takes,” Hitch told RadarOnline of his divorce in 2018. “Right now it’s time to go in different directions. I think we’ll remain friends. She knows I have her best interests at heart.”
He also defended his ex against those who believed Tavares only married the American bachelor for citizenship.
“She did not come here just to become an American citizen,” he said. “She had a good life in Brazil. She was about to finish college. She didn’t have to marry me.”