The Only Way is Essex star Nanny Pat has passed away at the age of 80 after a short illness.
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.
Past and present stars of the reality series have taken to Twitter this morning to pay tribute to the Wright family matriarch.