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Sal Picinich, 'Cake Boss' Baker, Dies of Cancer

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 1st 2011 4:20PM
Sal Picinich, Cake BossSal Picinich, the baker on TLC's 'Cake Boss,' has died at the age of 63, according to NorthJersey.com.

The Croatian-born Picinich worked for 45 years in Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, N.J., where the reality series is filmed.

Buddy Valastro, the show's namesake Cake Boss, viewed Picinich as a "second father," said Carlo's Bakery publicist Adam Bourcier. Picinich also worked with Valastro's father.

The fourth season of 'Cake Boss' began Jan. 24. Picinich's appearances on the show dwindled in late 2009, when his battle with cancer began.

"The minute he didn't go down to Carlo's Bakery was the minute I knew Sal was starting to feel pain," said his wife, Lucille Picinich.

Fortunately Picinich "returned last summer to accept the Employee of the Century Award on the occasion of the bakery's 100th anniversary," NorthJersey.com writes.

TLC released the following statement: "TLC was saddened to learn of the passing of Sal Picinich, a beloved Carlo's Bakery employee featured on 'Cake Boss.' We join Buddy Valastro and the entire Carlo's crew in sending Sal's family our sincerest condolences."

Lucille Picinich said Sal, her husband since 1973, was "a man of little words" and was fond of the limelight 'Cake Boss' put him in. "We'd go to Applegate Farms [in Montclair, N.J.] and all of a sudden people would say, 'Hey, there's Sal!'" she said. "We went on a cruise last summer and he was spotted on the Oasis."

A funeral for Sal Picinich is scheduled for Feb. 4 in New Jersey.

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karen1acworth

wow, really sad. from watching the show, i know how much Buddy loved Sal. my sympathy to the families and extended families

February 02 2011 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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