Kristen Cavallari's brother was found dead

Liz Tse
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Kristen Cavallari's brother has been found dead after he was reported missing.

'We want to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers during this very difficult time,' Kristen said in a statement to 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.'

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Michael's car was found abandoned on November 27 in Utah but authorities were unable to locate him.

The reality star shared an Instagram photo of herself and her brother as kids and captioned it: 'We remain hopeful … I have such gratitude for all those that have shared their support.'

Kristen and Michael Cavallari. Photo: Instagram.

It was revealed by Orange County Sheriff's Department records that Michael was arrested on November 23, just days before he went missing.

A friend of the Cavallari family said that the 30-year-old had a troublesome past, but that Kristen was 'protective' of him.

'Her brother was always a troubled kid and there was always drama with him,' the source said to PEOPLE.

'[Kristen] was always trying to help him.'

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