A month after Big Brother 22 began, The Challenge star and Cody Calafiore’s little brother Paulie shared their grandfather sadly passed away. Hopefully, the BB20 runner-up will remain strong and continue competing after he hears the news.
Paulie Calafiore and Cody Calafiore both competed on ‘Big Brother’
In 2014, New Jersey-based soccer coach Cody Calafiore competed on Big Brother 16. An early member of the doomed Detonators alliance, he later settled in with the dominant Bomb Squad and formed a final two, The Hitmen, with eventual winner Derrick Levasseur.
The soccer coach excelled socially and physically as he walked away with three Head of Household and three Power of Veto competitions, the fifth houseguest in franchise history to do so.
He won his way to the end and chose the other Hitman to sit next to, only to lose by a vote of 7-2. Many people consider this one of the worst moves in BB history because he would have likely won against Victoria Rafaeli.
His little brother Paulie competed two seasons later and quickly aligned with the returning players. Although he started well, his multiple blow-ups led to him becoming a house target, and he ended up placing 8th in the competition.
Cody Calafiore returned for ‘Big Brother 22’
While Paulie stayed in the reality competition sphere and began competing on MTV’s The Challenge, Cody started acting. However, the BB16 runner-up returned for the second edition of All-Stars to prove his ability as a competitor.
After winning the first HOH of the season, he set himself up in a good position and got into several alliances, including Final Two deals with Nicole Franzel and Cody Enzo.
A fan approached the CBS studio and broadcasted, “Nicole and Cody are playing everyone,” which spooked multiple houseguests and threatened his position in the house.
Additionally, Kaysar Ridha exposed his game in his eviction speech, again putting all eyes on Cody. However, multiple events, including a blow-up between Christmas Abbott, Da’Vonne Rogers, and Bayleigh Dayton, served as a distraction.
Cody and Paulie Calafiore’s grandfather died
Shortly before Episode 15 aired, Paulie revealed he and Cody’s grandfather, “Pop Pop,” passed away in a lengthy Instagram post. The Challenge star explained their Pop Pop lived a year longer than doctors thought he would and called him a “bull” due to his strength.
He also noted his grandfather served as the “protector” of their family and never missed one of their wrestling matches or soccer games. It’s unclear if Cody has heard what happened or not, but he did go into the Diary Room after Paulie shared the news and has worn sunglasses around the house since.
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A legend has fallen. I never thought I’d be writing these words about you after seeing you fight through all that you have but now I definitely know where I get my no quit fight mentality from. . . . The doctors said you had 1 month to live. That was 14 months ago. A true stubborn Sicilian through and through. I would call you the OG Italian Stallion but you’ve always been more of a Bull in terms of how strong you’ve always been. . . . I know you’re in a better place now with the love of your life and are smiling down on all of us. You raised such an amazing family and we all love you so very much. I thank you for all the years never missing a wrestling match or soccer game. Most of all I thank you for my amazing Father and my amazing Aunts and Uncles. . . . Please send us your strength during this time. Your three sons need it right now, your daughter who is battling stage 4 cancer needs it right now, your grandchildren need it right now. Please watch over Cody in that house and give him the strength to finish after hearing the news. I’m training for something very special right now that I know is going to make you proud. . . . Thank you for being a protector of this family for so long. Thank you for showing love and compassion while showing strength. . . . I love you so much Pop Pop. Rest In Power ❤️
Paulie believes the death will be hard on his brother but “knows how strong he is.” His girlfriend and The Challenge champ Cara Maria Sorbello commented on the post and honored the grandfather, referring to him as “a real legend.” Derrick also sent his condolences to the family.
Big Brother 22: All-Stars airs Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
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