Gamba — who also worked on Long Lost Family, Supernanny, and Frankel’s Bravo spinoff Bethenny Ever After — is survived by his wife Jeanne, and daughters Michelle and Julia.
Barrie Bernstein and Lisa Shannon, two senior members from RHONY‘s production company Shed Media, also paid tribute to Gamba in a statement to BravoTV.com’s Daily Dish.
“From that very first episode, Peter set the tone of RHONY — establishing the comedic pace and infusing the show with its sense of humor,” they said. “Early on, he created the infamous soundtrack and style that so hilariously shaped [Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen] scenes. He mined footage for those side eyes that punctuated all the best asides. He lived and breathed the essence of what makes these women funny, as brought to life by the editors like him that spend countless hours bringing the footage to life.”
“There was nothing like watching a scene that he cut and made his own, putting his sense of humor into it,” the statement continued. “He loved to make people laugh and he did it well. Peter cared — he was proud and humble. He delivered and he left his mark. His edit bay was a refuge for anyone seeking counsel, a moment of quiet or a much needed escape. He had a heart of gold and was a devoted, generous person who would drop anything for a friend in need.”
Bernstein and Shannon have since started a GoFundMe for his family. It’s already raised nearly $65,000 of its $75,000 goal.
“Our hearts are filled with your kind generosity and knowing the difference that Peter made in your lives. It was too soon for him to leave us, but we’re better for who he helped us to become,” said Gamba’s wife, Jennie.
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