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How did Wendy Chabert die? 'Mean Girls' star Lacey Chabert's elder sister dead at 46

'The shocking loss has left us so broken-hearted. Our lives will never be the same without my dear sister...' Lacey wrote
UPDATED NOV 25, 2021
Wendy was the elder sister of 'Mean Girls' actress Lacey Chabert (R) (Instagram/Lacey Chabert)
Wendy was the elder sister of 'Mean Girls' actress Lacey Chabert (R) (Instagram/Lacey Chabert)

'Mean Girls' actress Lacey Chabert recently shared the heartbreaking news of her elder sister Wendy's death, mourning her tragic loss on an Instagram post. Lacey, who earned fame as Gretchen Wieners from the all-time favorite movie 'Mean Girls', is the youngest among her three sisters. She shared a close bond with her elder sisters Wendy and Crissy Chabert, as evident from her frequent social media posts with them. She also has a younger brother TJ Chabert.

On Wednesday, November 24, Lacey Chabert shared a heartwrenching post about her sister, along with a photo of her from 1994. She wrote, "My beautiful sister, Wendy. Our hearts are shattered into a million pieces that I don’t know how we will ever put back together again now that you’re gone. We love and adore you more than we can ever say and we will continue to forever and ever and ever."


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Lacey also wrote, "The shocking loss has left us so broken-hearted. Our lives will never be the same without my dear sister, but we cling to the promises of Jesus that we will be together again in eternity. Please keep our family, especially her two boys, in your hearts and prayers. Thank you so much💔"


Earlier, on National Sisters Day in August 2021, Lacey had cherished her relationship with elder siblings Wendy and Crissy in a beautiful Instagram post. She shared a throwback Christmas photo of the trio from their childhood and wrote, "Couldn’t let #nationalsistersday pass without saying how much I love my two sisters. They are the best big sisters ever and I thank God for them every day. Love you Wendy and Crissy ❤️.”

In another throwback post, she wrote, "Christmas with my two besties. My sisters." The four siblings had a happy childhood and grew up together in Purvis, Mississippi with their parents Julie and Tony Chabert.


Wendy was 46-years-old at the time of her tragic death. Though she appeared to be a very private person with no social media presence, it is believed that she was a resident of Texas. In fact, Wendy worked as a baker at the popular grocery store chain Market Street. She was married to Shane Riggio, 45, and shared two sons with him. The exact cause of her death was not disclosed by Lacey. Her friends and followers, including many celebrities, offered their sincere condolences for her tragic loss. "Oh dear Lacey! I’m so so sorry!!!!!!! Praying for you, Wendy’s family and your family!" actress Tamera Mowry commented on Lacey's post. Actor Will Kemp said, "My gosh. This is heartbreaking. So sorry for your loss. Sending huge love to you all."

TV host Debbie Matenopoulos wrote, "Omg. I am so so sorry Lacey. Sending you and your family my deepest condolences and you are all in my thoughts prayers." "Dearest Lacey, I am so so sorry for your loss. Holding you and your family in my heart and prayers," journalist Lisa Ling said. 

Many celebrities offered their condolences to Lacey after the tragic death of Wendy