Always in her heart. Kristin Cavallari took to Instagram on Monday, November 28, to pen a touching note in honor of her late brother, Michael Cavallari, one year after he died of hypothermia at age 30 following a November 2015 car crash in Grand County, Utah.
“The last few days have been tough…yesterday was the anniversary of my brother’s passing,” the Hills alum, 29, wrote alongside a photo of her brother’s face nuzzled against that of one of her children. “There hasn’t been a day that’s gone by where I haven’t thought of him and missed him.”
Cavallari, who shares kids Camden, 4, Jaxon, 2, and Saylor, 12 months, with husband Jay Cutler, added: “I know he is watching over me and my family though from all of the amazing signs he has given us. Love and miss you so much, Mikey.”
Back in October, the Balancing in Heels author opened up to Us Weekly Video about soldiering on even though Michael’s death was one of the most difficult experiences of her life.
“I did at the time, and I still do find a lot of strength in my children, because of the timing of everything,” she said, in a nod to her daughter Saylor’s birth in November, the same month as Michael’s death. “You can’t just stay in bed and feel sorry for yourself. You gotta get up. You have other lives you have to take care of. You have to put food on the table and get them dressed and off to school and everything. So yeah, you can’t just feel sorry for yourself.”
Michael was found dead in the Salt Wash region of Grand County, Utah, on December 10. Authorities told Us that he was discovered in a “steep and very rocky area” after crashing his car. His death was ruled an accident in February.
K-Cav told Us that she and her family held a small memorial service for Michael this past June. “My brother’s birthday was June 11, and so my family — my mom, my stepdad, my dad, Jay and I — all went out to Utah where he was found,” she explained of the emotional gathering. “And we put a little plaque in the rock where he was found and had our own sort of service for him. … It was more of a celebration.”
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