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The Only Way is Essex star Nanny Pat has died at the age of 80.

The beloved star - full name Pat Brooker - of the ITVBe reality show died on Wednesday morning following a short illness.

A statement released on behalf of the Wright and Brooker Family read: “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.”

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Close family: Nanny Pat with her daughter Carol Wright at her 80th birthday party

Nanny Pat starred alongside her daughter Carol Wright and grand daughter Jessica Wright on the reality show since it's debut in 2010. She was famous for her sausage plait and offering advice.

Viewers last month watched as Nanny Pat celebrated her 80th birthday on the reality show. She enjoyed a royal celebration complete with Corgis and fan fares.

Jessica and her brother Mark Wright - who used to star on the show - led the tributes online and thanked fans for their support.

Jessica posted: Heartbroken does not even come close to how my family and I are feeling. Thank you so much for your support my nan was so loved an angel."

Heart broken does not even come close to how my family & I are feeling. Thank you so much for your support my Nan was so loved an angel

— Jessica Wright (@MissJessWright_)

Mark posted: "My heart is broken but so overwhelmed by your support. To know good ole Nanny was loved by so many is the best feeling in the world Thankyou."

My heart is broken but so overwhelmed by your support. To know good ole Nanny was loved by so many is the best feeling in the world Thankyou

— Mark Wright (@MarkWright_)

Tributes soon came flooding in from friends of the star including Jack Tweed who posted: "One of the loveliest caring lady's I knew, horrible news. RIP nanny pat. Thoughts are with the family."

One of the loveliest caring lady's I knew, horrible news. RIP nanny pat. Thoughts are with the family

— Jack Tweed. (@JackTweed_) — Rylan Clark-Neal (@Rylan)

I can't believe it, RIP nanny Pat. You was the biggest legend ever and you will continue to be, my thoughts go to the all the wrights

— Harry Derbidge (@MrHarryDerbidge) — Sugar Hut (@sugarhut)

My heart goes out to all the Wrights.. Having to say goodbye to a truely incredible lady @nannypat_carol

— RickyRayment (@RickyRayment)

Nanny Pat was hesitant about joining the reality show and stated that she would rather watch TV than star on it.

In 2012, she released a book about her life as a child in the East End during the Blitz, called Penny Sweets And Cobbled Streets.

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