Ricky reached out to the family following today's news that Nanny Pat - real name Patricia Brooker - has passed away at the age of 80 following a short illness.
He said: "My heart goes out to all the Wrights.. Having to say goodbye to a truly incredible lady."
A statement released by the Wright and Brooker families today said: "Sadly our amazing, courageous and beautiful Nanny Pat passed away this morning after a short illness. We are overwhelmed by sadness, and the whole family ask for privacy at this horrible time."
Ricky got to know Nanny Pat well when he was dating her granddaughter Jessica Wright, and Nanny Pat said in a past interview that she had a bit of a soft spot for him.
She told MailOnline in 2012, before Jessica and Ricky had split: "'I like Jessica and Ricky's relationship. He is funny and always plays tricks on me but I just slap him!"