TOWIE favourite ‘Nanny Pat’ dies aged 80

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The Only Way Is Essex‘s ‘Nanny Pat’ has died at the age of 80.

The TV star – real name Patricia Brooker – is the grandmother of Mark and Jessica Wright and became notable for her sausage plait, sharp one-liners and pearls of wisdom.

The popular cast member of ITVBe’s (formerly ITV2) hit scripted-reality show passed away this morning (16 December) following a ‘short illness’, a statement released by her family discloses.

“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.” – The Wright and Brooker family

“My heart is broken but to know good ole Nanny was loved by so many is the best feeling in the world,” Grandson Mark tweeted.

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Co-stars have paid tribute to the popular star on Twitter.

“So so sad to hear that Nanny Pat has passed away, such a wonderful sweet, fun and kind lady,it was a pleasure working with and knowing you.x” – @MariaFowler


“My heart goes out to all the Wrights.. Having to say goodbye to a truely incredible lady.” – @RickyRayment


“Such a sad day in Essex.. We have lost our Queen, Nanny Pat!! A lovely lady with the biggest heart..” – @BobbyCNorris


“Very devastating to hear the news @nannypat_carol @MissJessWright_ NANNY PAT was a wonderful lady my thoughts are with you all at this time.” – @MissGemCollins


“Rest In Peace the Legend that is Nanny Pat!!! Love to all the Brooker & Wright Family!!! Miss her…” – @RealJamesArgent

Nanny Pat appeared on every series of TOWIE and in a recent episode celebrated her 80th birthday.

Her autobiography, Penny Sweets and Cobbled Streets: My East End Childhood, was released in 2012.

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