The Martone family patriarch and the longtime plumber died in May of 2020. TLC confirmed the news in a statement.
“TLC is incredibly saddened at the passing of ‘Big Mike’ Martone, beloved father, grandfather, and patriarch of the Martone family. Our love and condolences go out to the entire Unpolished family at this difficult time,” the network tweeted on May 11.
Bria also took to social media to share her tribute to her late father.
“RIP to the man I looked at as my Superman! Daddy, to everyone you were BIG MIKE but to me you were my dad, my hero, my problem solver, my provider, my protector, and the most loving, sweetest, most giving man out there and I can’t even believe that you’re gone!” she wrote. “It doesn’t even feel real that you’re not with us anymore!”
“There’s nothing I wanted more then for you to be by my side on my wedding day to walk me down the aisle and give me away! I know that if you could you would have done everything in your power to hold on and push through to be there but I know you couldn’t! Daddy, you will be so missed by so many people,” she wrote, before adding how much Big Mike did for his loved ones.