Mark Wright’s uncle Edward has died at the age of 66, following an eight-week battle with Covid.
The presenter, 34, vowed to ‘look after his auntie Debbie’ after admitting he was ‘broken to pieces’ in a moving tribute, as his cousin Elliott announced his father’s passing on Thursday.
Following Elliott’s announcement of his father’s death, Mark took to social media to share his own tribute to his uncle, along with gallery of snaps from their life together.
Tragic: Mark Wright’s uncle Edward (pictured centre) has died at the age of 66, following an eight-week battle with Covid
Among the collection of snaps were several images of Mark and his uncle playing golf together at his stag party in 2015.
Other snaps also showed the pair taking part in The Marsden March with the Wright family in 2016, beaming with delight as they crossed the finish line.
Mark wrote: ‘No where, never, ever will you find better. My uncle Eddie, you were 1 in a trillion. You taught me so much!! Nearly everything I know as a man.
‘From how to love my family, to treat my woman with respect, to work hard, to smile, to be a gentleman and the one you enjoyed most…. you taught me Golf (which I promise to keep practising to be as good as you wanted me to be) most of all, you were one of the most integral parts of our incredible family.
Emotional: The presenter vowed to ‘look after his auntie Debbie’ after admitting he was ‘broken to pieces’ in a moving tribute, along with a gallery of snaps of the pair (above in 2015)
Emotional: Mark said he was ‘absolutely broken’ following his uncle’s passing, but vowed to ‘look after’ his family
‘You were the glue, the one that MADE us meet up and make memories (which again we promise to continue. We will NOT let you down) ultimately…. I am soooooo PROUD to call you my uncle and I will until the end of day.
‘I/we are absolutely broken, but together because we are the family we are…. we will get through, somehow some day.
‘We will look after auntie Debbie, our cousins and your grandchildren forever and that is promise.
‘I have often thought over the last 24 hours that part of me wishes we wasn’t so close, so that we didn’t love as much as a family as maybe it wouldn’t hurt as much.
‘I will no longer think this way and instead I be grateful for the memories we have and when the dust settles, look back and smile.
‘Unc, rest in peace. I love you sooo much, more than I ever told you and that’s saying something. I will see you 1 day again and until then I will continue to make you proud.’
Sad news: He ended his post: ‘I love you sooo much, more than I ever told you and that’s saying something. I will see you 1 day again and until then I will continue to make you proud’
Sad: The presenter shared the moving tribute after his cousin Elliott (pictured) announced his ‘always smiling and always humble’ father on Thursday
In a lengthy post, Elliott revealed his father passed away ‘peacefully’ on Tuesday after battling Covid for two months, just a week after telling followers he’d woken from a seven-week coma.
Elliott 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 prostate 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.
Moving: Mark also shared a tribute to his uncle Edward in a comment under Elliott’s post
Devastating: In a lengthy post, Elliott revealed his father passed away ‘peacefully’ on Tuesday after battling Covid for two months
Emotional: Elliott shared a gallery of snaps of his ‘always smiling and always humble’ after announcing his death in the moving social media post
‘For those who don’t know me well, the impact this has had on me, what can I say, I’m simply devastated!
‘To Dad, what can I say that you don’t already know in heaven, you are and will always be my rock, my best friend, the man who taught me to always be a gentleman, to put family first!
‘Everything I know and have whether it be in business or personal is down to you an your guidance, my whole life, from a young age, I watched in ore of you, a mountain amounts men… doing deals, the king negotiator, with you by my side I could take on the world and still will do, as I know your love, affection and soul will always be by my side.
Fighter: In his tribute, Elliott revealed his father overcame a battle with prostate cancer before being diagnosed with Covid, which left him in a coma for several weeks
Difficult: Elliott wrote: ”For those who don’t know me well, the impact this has had on me, what can I say, I’m simply devastated!’
‘The legacy and mark you leave is colossal, put simply if I could be half the man you were, when my time finally comes.. I would go a very happy soul. I love you dad, the hole you leave is monumental but the memories I will cherish for ever.
‘I know you will be watching over me an the kids, I hope I continue to make you proud, Rest in peace dad. See you at the gates when the time comes. I Love you, with all my Heart.’
Mark was among the first to pay tribute to his uncle in the comments, writing: ‘You’d have to be God to find a better man than my uncle. Put simply, you won’t. I love you uncle Eddie, I’m never going to forget you. Broken to pieces.’
Other members of the Wright family also shared their own tributes in the comments, with Mark’s mother Carol writing: ‘Saddest news ever, broken to say the least, a champion and hero has left us.’
Touching: He added: ‘Put simply if I could be half the man you were, when my time finally comes.. I would go a very happy soul’
Goodbye: He ended his moving tribute by writing: ‘Rest in peace dad. See you at the gates when the time comes. I Love you, with all my Heart’
His sister Natalya added: ‘The strongest, most bravest man we knew. He will be missed so much. Our special Uncle Edward.’
Some of Mark and Elliott’s former TOWIE co-stars also offered their sympathies, with Lydia Bright’s mum Debbie writing: ‘To my darling Elliott may he rest in a place full of laughter and joy.
‘A place where birds are singing loud and the sun always shines. My love to you all until we meet again may he now RIP.’
Tragedy: Other members of the Wright family also shared their own tributes in the comments
Thoughts: Many of Mark and Elliott’s former TOWIE co-stars also offered their sympathy following Edward’s death
Danielle Armstrong added: ‘Absolutely heartbreaking such a lovely family man and a true gentleman. Sending you and the family my love @elliottwright_ thinking of you all.’
Last month, Elliott revealed his father had been comatose for seven weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.
Taking to Instagram on his dad’s 66th birthday, the star wrote: ‘Happy birthday dad, you have been my inspiration for as long as I can remember.
‘You have always shown me life is a rocky road but stay positive and it will be a fruitful one… something I now preach to my kids.
Scary: Last month, Elliott revealed his father had been comatose for seven weeks after testing positive for COVID-19
‘A true leader and a fighter, to fight and beat Covid like you currently are 7 weeks in a coma and now out, still a way to go but some doctors writing you off I always believed in you and you proved me right…
‘You are a warrior.. I will always look up to you… keep fighting the love out there for you is incredible.
‘Soon we will be playing 9 holes and now finally I may actually get one up on you, either way soon when you are ready we will be sharing a bottle of bubbly in @olivias_la_cala love you dad x happy birthday x.’
In January Mark revealed coronavirus had left his uncle in a ‘critical condition’ after detailing how his own father Mark Snr had been ‘mentally changed’ by his battle with Covid.
Ex-TOWIE star Mark, 33, whose parents Mark. Snr, 64, and Carol, 60, announced on New Year’s Eve they had been struck down by the virus, said his father was ‘not the same as four weeks ago’ during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.
Tough times: In January Mark revealed Covid had left his uncle in a ‘critical condition’ after detailing how his own father Mark Snr had been ‘mentally changed’ by his battle with the virus
Mark said at the time: ‘My dad is out of hospital now. One of my dad’s brothers is in hospital on oxygen.
‘His other brother, my uncle Eddie, Elliott’s dad, is in a critical condition, we’re praying each night that he gets better.
‘We are hearing from doctors that he’s not getting worse, but we’re still praying he gets through this.’
Mark emotionally spoke about the after-effects of the virus on his father, saying it had affected him mentally.
Battle: Ex-TOWIE star Mark whose parents Mark. Snr and Carol announced on New Year’s Eve they had been struck down by the virus, said his father was ‘not the same as four weeks ago’
He said: ‘I mean, he’s out of hospital and I hope he doesn’t mind me saying this but, mentally something’s not right there at the moment.
‘He’s okay but he’s not my dad that he was four weeks ago. He’s better and I’m hoping there’s improvement more to come, but it can leave long lasting problems.’
Mark then made an impassioned plea to people to listen to the government and follow the rules pertaining social distancing, mask wearing and household mixing.
He said: ‘The message is what it should have been and has been from the start, like Kate has tried to promote on Good Morning Britain until you see it first hand, that might be the day you realise I need to buck up my ideas, but then it might be too late.’
‘I have good friends who are conspiracy theorists and they think it’s all rubbish and you don’t need to be locking down the country.
We are family: The Wright family share a famously close bond – they were forced to spend Christmas apart due to COVID-19 guidelines
‘My answer is, the Government, whether they are right or wrong, they know more than you, so, if they are telling you to do this, do it.
‘Because until you get to a point where I am now, and I’ve had the hardest few weeks of my life and looking at basically potentially losing family members who are close to you or them being very sick.
‘You will regret doing what you are doing. So listen to the rules, stay at home, there is a lockdown for a reason.
‘Please just obey by these rules, it’s so important. When you see it first hand, it’s the most scariest virus you will ever see, the things it does to the body, what it’s done to my dad.
Scary: Mark’s sister Jess Wright recently told how Covid has ripped through her family like ‘wildfire’, with some family members being hospitalised
Mark’s sister Jess also revealed at the time that some of her family has been hospitalised by coronavirus.
The former TOWIE star detailed how Covid had ripped through her family like ‘wildfire’, with some having to seek treatment in hospital.
Jess wrote: ‘Covid has ripped through my family in the past month and it has been absolutely horrendous. Please stay safe everyone, stay home, wear masks and also check on loved ones regularly.
‘The fight isn’t over for us yet, we are taking every day as it comes and praying a lot. This new strain seems to be spreading like wildfire.
‘Thank you the well wishes for those who have known, for my family members that have been hospitalised by this awful, awful virus.’
Health: The star took to Instagram to share an update after her mother and father announced they had been struck down the virus