Friday 24 November 2017

TOWIE favourite Nanny Pat has died aged 80 after short illness

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Nanny Pat attends the Health Lottery Tea Party at The Savoy on June 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Nanny Pat attends the Health Lottery Tea Party at The Savoy on June 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
The TOWIE cast are seen filming scenes for Nanny Pats Royal themed 80th birthday on November 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by SamanthaJ/GC Images)
The TOWIE cast are seen filming scenes for Nanny Pats Royal themed 80th birthday on November 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by SamanthaJ/GC Images)
The TOWIE cast are seen filming scenes for Nanny Pats Royal themed 80th birthday on November 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by SamanthaJ/GC Images)
The TOWIE cast are seen filming scenes for Nanny Pats Royal themed 80th birthday on November 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by SamanthaJ/GC Images)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Only Way Is Essex star Nanny Pat has passed away aged 80 following a short illness.

Nanny Pat, or Pat Brooker, was grandmother to show's star Mark and Jess Wright, and was famed for her hilarious one-liners.

Her family released a statement to the Daily Mail confirming she passed away on Wednesday morning.

"Sadly our amazing, courageous, and beautiful Nanny Pat passed away this morning after a short illness," it read.

The TOWIE cast are seen filming scenes for Nanny Pats Royal themed 80th birthday on November 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by SamanthaJ/GC Images)
The TOWIE cast are seen filming scenes for Nanny Pats Royal themed 80th birthday on November 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by SamanthaJ/GC Images)

"We are overwhelmed by sadness, and the whole family ask for privacy at this horrible time."

Nanny Pat was a regular on the ITV reality show and only recently celebrated her 80th birthday with a royal wedding themed birthday on air.

During the episode she became emotional when granddaughter Jess presented her with a framed photo of her late husband Charlie.

Nanny Pat was a mother of five, including Carol Wright, Jess and Mark's mum, and was grandmother to 14 grandchildren and great-grandmother to six.

In 2012 she published a book, Penny Sweets and Cobbled Streets, about her life in the East End during the Blitz.

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