Sal Picinich, the baker who rose to fame on the TLC reality show "Cake Boss," has died at the age of 63.
His wife, Lucille, told the North Jersey Record that he died from cancer.
A tribute aired at the end of the Monday night episode of the TLC show, which centers on Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, where Picinich worked for 45 years, originally under "Cake Boss" star Buddy Valastro’s father.
"TLC was saddened to learn of the passing of Sal Picinich, a beloved Carlo's Bakery employee featured on 'Cake Boss," TLC said in an official statement. "We join Buddy Valastro and the entire Carlo's crew in sending Sal's family our sincerest condolences."
Picinich stopped appearing on the TLC show in 2009 when he reportedly started battling cancer.
"The minute he didn't go down to Carlo's Bakery was the minute I knew Sal was starting to feel pain," his wife told the Record.
He briefly returned to "Cake Boss" last year for the Employee of the Century of the Award, which he accepted on the 100th anniversary of the bakery.
Picinich is survived by his two children, grandchildren and his wife of 38 years.
His funeral will be held Friday in East Rutherford.
The fourth season of "Cake Boss" airs Mondays on TLC.