TOWIE star Nanny Pat, full name Pat Brooker, has passed away aged 80 following a short illness.
The news was released in a statement to MailOnline on behalf of the Wright and Brooker Family, including reality stars Mark and Jess Wright, on Wednesday morning.
It read: ‘Sadly our amazing, courageous and beautiful Nanny Pat passed away this morning after a short illness.
Nanny Pat was a much-loved star of the show, famed for cooking up her sausage plaits and hilarious one-liners.
The lovely lady celebrated her 80th birthday on the ITVBe reality show just last month, enjoying a royal wedding themed birthday bash in Surrey.
She broke down in tears on the episode as she remembered her late husband Charlie, whose photo she would carry around in her purse.
When granddaughter Jess presented her with a framed photograph of him as a gift, she became incredibly emotional.
She said: ‘He’s everywhere,” she joked with tears streaming down her cheeks. “Thank you, Jess. That’s really lovely.’
The party was a very special occasion for the family and daughter Carol took to the stage to say how much she loved her mother.
She said: ‘I would like to thank everyone for celebrating Mummy’s birthday. This little old lady puts everyone first and never asks for anything in return – apart from a packet of candy!’
Incredibly close to her family, she was the proud mother of five children, including daughter Carol Wright, 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Granddaughter Jess Wright has just returned from a holiday in New York and on Tuesday night, she tweeted about how much fun she has had on her trip, before Nanny Pat passed away.
She wrote: ‘What an amazing time I had in New York & New Jersey with all my family & friends thank you.’
Nanny Pat initially turned down the chance of appearing on TOWIE alongside her family as she said she wanted to watch television, not be on it.
But she soon changed her mind and became one of the most loved characters on the show.
She once said: ‘It’s a shame that my Charlie wasn’t around to see us all on television. He wouldn’t believe it, but it’s really lovely.’
In 2012, she released a book about her life as a childhood in the Blitz-ravaged East End, called Penny Sweets And Cobbled Streets.
In the book, she said: ‘It was such a terrible thing to live through the war. I don’t think if it happened today half the kids could get through it. I really don’t think they could suffer it.’
As a young woman, Pat worked at the Tate & Lyle sugar factory in Canning Town. She had five children in seven years. For the last one – son Charlie – the midwife got drunk.
Pat said at the time: ‘I remember her clear as day, standing there at the end of the bed with a drink in her hand, swaying.
‘Can you imagine that happening these days? The midwife would probably be struck off, and the husband finding himself with a divorce on his hands. But as with everything then, well, you just dealt with it.’