Jason Hitch, star on TV’s ‘90 Day Fiancé,’ dies at age 45

Jason Hitch, known best for starring in TV’s 90 Day Fiancé during its second season on air, died this week of complications from COVID-19, his sister said, according to Fox News.

He was 45.

TLC star dead

TMZ was the first to report that Hitch died Tuesday night after a stint in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a Florida hospital. His family was permitted to be by his side and hold his hand in his final moments, the reality star’s sister said.

As far as the family knew, Hitch had no known underlying conditions and had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus. He had appeared in the second season of the hit TLC program, which, as the name implies, follows foreign nationals who move to the United States on temporary visas “to live with their American fiancés for the first time,” Fox reports.

The couples must decide to either get hitched or call it quits when the three-month visa is up.

Network responds

In 2014, Hitch was paired with Cássia Tavares from Brazil, and the couple did go on to get married, even appearing in a follow-up “Where Are They Now?” episode of the show that aired in 2015, Fox reported.

But the wedded bliss apparently didn’t last long: NBC News reports that the couple separated in 2017. By 2018, they’d divorced, reports said.

In a statement, TLC said those at the network were “saddened to hear about the passing of Jason Hitch and send our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this time.”

Served in the U.S. Army

According to Fox, Hitch’s career outside of TV included service in the U.S. military. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Fox said, and had been stationed in Bushnell, Florida, where he was reported to be on honor guard duty.

His sister Shannon told TMZ that Hitch was a “true and honest shooter, a great officer and leader to his men.”

“He will be greatly missed,” she added, according to Fox.

According to E! Online, Tavares also issued a statement via Instagram. “It’s always sad when someone you spent part of your life with stops breathing. I guess one could never be prepared for that. I wasn’t, today,” she said. “I’m shocked. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in Peace, Jason.”

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