Dad who lost three daughters in Christmas fire dies

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The father of three little girls who died in a tragic Christmas morning fire in Stamford, Connecticut in 2011 has died.

"We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Matthew Badger, LSG co-founder". It gave no further details on Badger's death.

"When LSG first started, it was to honor the lives and memories of Matthew's daughters", the organization wrote on Facebook.

His former wife is ad exec Madonna Badger. He is with his children, and his parents, and his brother... "My heart is broken but also joyous that they are together".

The fire at a Victorian home in Stamford owned by the children's mother, NY advertising executive Madonna Badger, killed 7-year-old twins Grace and Sarah Badger, 9-year-old Lily Badger and their maternal grandparents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson, formerly of Louisville, Kentucky.

The fund is named for Badger's daughters.

He said without the girls he had lost objective and value in life, and needed to find a way to honor them, so he started the fund to give supplies to underserved public elementary schools across the country. He said all three girls had dyslexia and he know the importance of giving teachers and students the resources they need.

"He was very much committed to finding and reaching as many classrooms, to make a objective in memory of his girls", Cambria said.

The children's mother, Madonna Badger, and Michael Borcina, a general contractor who was dating Madonna Badger at the time, both escaped.

Borcina, a contractor, had been renovating the house.

Richard Cambria, executive director of the fund, told the New York Post that Matthew was surrounded by family when he died, but did not reveal his cause of death.