TOWIE’s Nanny Pat dies aged 80

The much-loved grandmother of Mark and Jess Wright was a staple of the ITVBe reality show

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The Only Way is Essex star Nanny Pat has passed away at the age of 80 after a short illness.

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Grandmother to Jess and Mark Wright, Pat was a much-loved star of the ITVBe reality series and had recently celebrated her 80th birthday with a royal wedding-themed party in Surrey during an episode of the show. 

“Sadly our amazing, courageous and beautiful Nanny Pat passed away this morning after a short illness, ” Mark Wright wrote in a statement. “We are overwhelmed by sadness, and the whole family ask for privacy at this horrible time.”

Famed for her relationship wisdom, brilliant one-liners and sausage plaits, which she brought out at every social occasion, Nanny Pat was one of the warmest and funniest stars of TOWIE.

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Past and present stars of the reality series have taken to Twitter this morning to pay tribute to the Wright family matriarch.