"I'm also trying to process this loss," he continued. "Erin was my very first real girlfriend. My wife [Renee Sloan
] and Erin contacted each other and spoke often for over a decade. I even had her on my reality show years ago. I DID reach out to her over a span of 30 years. Please stop assuming the worse in me. I'm a compassionate person. I'm very heartbroken over her passing, especially since it was cancer."