Below Deck star Nico Scholly revealed on social media Sunday, November 13, that his younger brother, Tristen, has died suddenly. He was 21.
Nico shared several Instagram posts dedicated to his brother and took to Twitter to mourn his devastating loss.
“My best friend. My other half. My favorite little s--t. I hated you quiet often but loved the hell out of u no matter what,” Nico wrote alongside an Instagram photo with his brother at a sports game. “My heart is completely broken. This strong an amazing young man will be donating his heart, lungs, and organs to save people’s lives. I’m going to miss you so much Tristen.. your to young to say goodbye so I’ll see u again brother.”
Nico, who serves as a deckhand on the hit Bravo reality show, did not reveal Tristen’s cause of death.
“My family and I are truly devastated,” Nico told Bravo’s The Daily Dish in a statement Monday. “We ask that our privacy be respected at this tragic and very difficult time.”
“My younger brother of 21 is now an angel. So please pray for my family #chicago #belowdeck #familycomesfirst” the Chicago native also tweeted. “My heart is hurting today … I feel like I'm dreaming. I can't believe this … I've never felt this pain before. I never understood the term broken-hearted til now. I just want to wake up…”
Nico also thanked supporters for their donations to a GoFundMe account that will donate to a charity in his brother's honor, and tweeted a photo of Tristen in the hospital with breathing tubes and his head bandaged. According to the family’s GoFundMe page, Tristen will be “donating his eyes, lungs, liver, HEART, and other organs.”
“He will save many lives,” the family shared. “He will live on through other beautiful souls.”
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