TOWIE’s Nanny Pat passes away, aged 80

'Nanny' Pat Brooker appeared in over 100 episodes of ITV's hit reality series

Nanny Pat from The Only Way Is Essex has died at the age of 80.

Her family gave a statement to the Daily Mail earlier today (December 16) confirming that the much-loved matriarch, whose full name was Patricia Brooker, had died following a “short illness”.

Brooker’s grandchildren and fellow TOWIE stars Mark and Jessica Wright have both paid tribute to their grandmother on Twitter this morning. “To know good ole Nanny was loved by so many is the best feeling in the world,” Mark Wright wrote.

Patricia Booker was initially reluctant to appear on The Only Way Is Essex but after proving an instant hit with viewers, she eventually appeared in more than 100 episodes of ITV’s hit reality series.

“Mark started filming for the show and he kept talking about me to the producers and before I knew what was happening I was starring,” she told the Daily Mail in 2012. “I told him it would just be a one-off thing but I can’t get out of it now. I can’t go anywhere without getting recognised these days because of the fame.”

Watch Nanny Pat showing off her rap skills below.