FORMER TOWIE star Mark Wright today said he has been left "broken to pieces" following the death of his uncle from coronavirus.
Eddie Wright, who was also the father of Mark's cousin and fellow TOWIE star Elliott Wright, passed away on Tuesday.
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Eddie had lost his battle with the virus after eight weeks.
"You’d have to be God to find a better man than my uncle. Put simply, you won’t," Mark posted on Elliot's tribute post.
"I love you uncle Eddie, I’m never going to forget you. Broken to pieces."
Eddie's son Elliot paid tribute to his dad on his social account with a heartbreaking message.
He wrote: "It is with heart wrenching regret, that I have to post this post, my father Edward George Wright passed away peacefully with his family by his side on the 02.03.2021 after bravely fighting Covid for 8 weeks…
"For those who knew my father, you know what a great man he was, always smiling, always humble, always happy, despite the fact in his later years he bravely fought prostrate cancer, he never moaned and done his best to put a brave smile on..
"His love for his family is what he will be remembered for to all of us, the ultimate family man, wanting to spend every woken minute with his 10 grandkids and children was his only daily thought pattern and request, was that to be with them, the ultimate family man.
"For those who don’t know me well, the impact this has had on me, what can I say, I’m simply devastated!"
Celebrity pals flooded Elliot's post with support with Mark's wife Michele Keegan posting: "Such a special man."
Former TOWIE cast member James Argent said: "I'm absolutely heartbroken, love you Elliot."
In January, Mark opened up about his family's Covid nightmare.
Earlier in the month, Mark revealed how his father Mark Snr, mother Carol and two uncles had all contracted the virus in what he described as "the scariest week of my life" over New Year.
Speaking on his Heart Radio evening show, the footballer said: "I want my life back. I want my family to be well again. I don’t want my family to have to worry anymore. I don’t want you to worry anymore.
"If you want to get your life back, the only way this will happen is if we obey by the government rules.
"Now last time when this happened, last year’s lockdown, I saw such a difference. Everybody was sticking to the rules so much better than it feels this time and it’s coming back to bite us, harder, faster and tougher.
"My other uncle, his brother, is in hospital right now, receiving oxygen, and their other brother, my uncle Eddie who I love dearly is currently in a coma in the ICU."
At the time of the interview, Eddie was in "critical" condition fighting the disease while another uncle was on oxygen.
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