Reality show death: Leann Edmonds Horton

Published: July 25, 2015

Reality show death: Leann Edmonds Horton, LeAnn Edmonds Horton, the 45-year-old first wife of The Real Housewives Of Orange County’s Jim Horton, has died following a fight with cancer.

On Wednesday, the news of LeAnn’s passing was first reported by her daughter, 17-year-old Hayley Edmonds, on Instagram and later confirmed by Bravo.

With Jim and his third wife, Meghan King Edmonds, 30, joining the Real Housewives for the current tenth season, LeAnn’s cancer has been followed by many in recent weeks.

‘Early this morning I lost the most important person in my life,’ Hayley wrote of her mother on her Instagram account.

‘I’m so blessed to have had these past 17 years with you. But that will never be enough for me. I can’t imagine my life without you and I never imagined this day would come,’ she continued.

‘Life won’t be easy without you but I know you will be with me every step of the way. Rest in peace mommy, I love you with all my heart.’

Meghan, who is Jim’s third wife, also wrote to honour LeAnn on social media, posting on Wednesday: ‘Today is a sad day. Pls send positive vibes this way!’

She followed up that message with another on Thursday, which read: ‘My heart is heavy and my mind can’t sleep.’

Over the course of several episodes in the current RHOC season, the surprisingly positive relationship between Meghan and LeAnn – the mother of Jim’s two eldest children – has been showcased.

LeAnn attended a party at the Edmonds’ new Orange County home and celebrated with the family when Hayley attended a school dance.

At least two other Housewives offered their condolences publicly, with Elizabeth Rovsek writing to Meghan: ‘Thinking of you and Haley [sic] today. My thoughts and prayers are with you.’

Vicki Gunvalson also offered sympathy to the family: ‘”Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day”. @JimEdmonds, @MeghanKEdmonds and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.’

New arrivals in California, Jim and Meghan reportedly moved from St. Louis so that Hayley could be close to her ailing mother.

The couple married only recently, in October 2014, following Jim’s divorce from second wife Allison.

Leann Edmonds Horton

Leann Edmonds Horton


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