This is news we were hoping not to hear.
After holding out hope that Kristin Cavallari's brother would be found alive and well, the Hills alum revealed in a statement Thursday that Michael Cavallari's body had been discovered.
"We want to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers during this very difficult time," she told E! News. E! News. "We have just been informed by the authorities my brother's body has been found. This is a very painful time and we are still processing it all. We kindly ask everyone please respect our privacy during our time of grieving."
Before the discovery of his body, Michael's car was found abandoned in Utah Nov. 27. When reports surfaced about his disappearance afterwards, the mom of three shared a note with fans on Instagram, thanking them for their thoughts. "I appreciate all the concern, thoughts, and prayers that have been extended to me and my family," she captioned a childhood photo on Instagram Monday of herself sitting with her brother on a beach.
"We remain hopeful and I will share any news that we receive. I have such gratitude for all those that have shared their support." No further details have been released just yet in regards to Michael's passing.
We're keeping Kristin and her family in our thoughts during this tragic time.