'My heart is broken.' Mark Wright pays tribute to TOWIE's Nanny Pat

Published Wednesday, Dec 16 2015, 12:45 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Mark Wright has shared his grief at the death of beloved Nanny Pat.

The TOWIE favourite - real name Patricia Brooker - passed away at the age of 80 following a short illness.

A devastated Mark took to Twitter this afternoon to say: "My heart is broken but so overwhelmed by your support. To know good ole Nanny was loved by so many is the best feeling in the world Thank you."

Nanny Pat and Mark Wright
'The Only Way is Essex' wrap party, held at Sugar Hut club in Brentwood.
Essex, England - 05.05.11
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The Wright and Brooker families issued a statement this morning saying: "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."

Nanny Pat had been a TOWIE favourite since the first series when she introduced us to her sausage plait. Over the years, she became a fan favourite thanks to her pearls of wisdom, unwavering devotion to her family and comic timing.

Several TOWIE stars and celebrities have been sharing their memories of Nanny Pat on Twitter and offering condolences to the family, which includes Nanny Pat's daughter Carol and Mark's sister Jessica.

Scores of fans have also been sending prayers to the Wright family, including: