Katie Holmes Mourns Loss of Brother-In-Law

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fresh off of saddening family news, Katie Holmes was spotted prying past paparazzi as she left Cecconi's restaurant in Hollywood on Wednesday night (April 15).

There for an early birthday dinner with gal pal Victoria Beckham, the former "Dawson's Creek" cutie is mourning the recent death of her brother-in-law, Joseph Jeffrey Fretti.

According to a Gossip Girls insider, Fretti, who was the husband of Katie’s older sister, Tamera, died in the emergency room of sudden heart failure at the young age of 48.

While he passed away in Sarasota, Florida, Fretti's funeral is expected to take place in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, where he happened to be a funeral director.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Katie and her family.