Ian Wright was informed of his mother’s death just seconds before going live on TV, according to reports.
The former Arsenal and England football player was apparently told the news at halftime as he was set to present live coverage of the FA Cup match between Rochdale and Plymouth on December 5.
His fellow pundit Mark Pougatch shared that Wright had left the broadcast, saying: “Ian, I’m afraid is not [with us].
“A family bereavement, so he has gone to where he is most needed – with his family.”
Wright is believed to have had a ‘difficult relationship’ with Nesta Wright who passed away aged 94.
A friend of the former striker reportedly told The Sun: “Ian would be the first to admit he had a difficult relationship with his mum, but hearing your own flesh and blood has passed away is never easy.
“It’s upsetting news to hear for anyone.
“He was told just before he went back on the air at halftime, and wanted to be with his family, which ITV obviously totally understood.
“He left the ground immediately to be with them.”
Social media users were quick to offer their condolences to the star, with one person writing: “So sorry to hear about your sad news yesterday Ian. My little lad was so happy to meet you yesterday as well.
“Much love to you and your family,” added another.
A third said: “Ian I just wanted to send my confidences at your loss. Send you and your family a big hug.”
“Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. Hail Hail.”
The Arsenal FC official news page also shared a post that read: “Our thoughts are with Ian Wright.”
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