Thomas Ravenel Announces the Death of His Father

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Former "Southern Charm" star Thomas Ravenel took to Instagram to announce the death of his father, Arthur Ravenel Jr.

"Rest in Peace Dad 3/29/27–1/16/23," he wrote in the caption.

Arthur and Thomas are both former politicians.

Arthur was a former US Congressman (from 1987 to 1995) and Lowcountry representative and he also served as a State Senator, State Representative and member of the Charleston County School Board. He even has an iconic bride named in his honor. The Ravenel Bridge connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. He was 95 years old.

"Today we lost a great friend of the Lowcountry and former Representative of SC-01 - Arthur Ravenel Jr. Our prayers are with the Ravenel family this evening," congresswoman Nancy Mace tweeted.

Both Ravenel's were not without controversy. Arthur was a member of Moultrie Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and a supporter of the Confederate flag being flown at the South Carolina statehouse. He was also criticized for referring to the NAACP as the "National Association for Retarded People" in 2000.

He appeared briefly on the Bravo show and was criticized for saying on the show that he did not like the $5 bill because it had Abraham Lincoln's face on the front. Bravo removed these scenes and others in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Thomas was fired from the show after being accused of raping a woman who was working as a nanny for him and Kathryn Dennis' two children.

Several people commented on the announcement leaving condolences for Arthur.

"Omgosh I’m so sorry Thomas," someone wrote. "I know how much you loved and admired your dad. From his profound wisdom to his sense of humor. He lived an amazing life. My sincere condolences to you and your family."

Another fan wrote, "I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom in Dec. It is never easy to say goodbye to one's parent."

"Omg I’m so sorry, Thomas. I enjoyed seeing him on the show. It’s nice to see elderly people so with it at that age," someone else said.

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