TOWIE's Nanny Pat dead at 80

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Nanny Pat

Nanny Pat

'TOWIE's Nanny Pat has passed away at the age of 80 following a short illness.

'The Only Way Is Essex' star Nanny Pat has died.

The 80-year-old reality TV star - whose real name is Pat Brooker - died on Wednesday (16.12.15) after a short illness.

A statement released on behalf of her family - which includes grandchildren Mark and Jess Wright - to MailOnline, said: "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."

Pat had five children, including daughter Carol Wright and 14 grandchildren and celebrated her 80th birthday on the show last month.

In the emotional episode, she broke down in tears when her granddaughter Jess presented her with a picture of her late husband Charles Brooker.

However, she managed to make a joke, quipping: "He's everywhere," before adding: "Thank you, Jess. That's really lovely."

And her daughter Carol made a touching speech about Pat, saying: "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!

"She nursed my father right up until the day he passed away. Just before he died, he held my hand and said make sure you look after your mother. Well, we have, Dad.

"She is such an inspirational lady and I'm so lucky to be able to call her my mother."

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