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Jess Wright has opened up about how her family coped after her uncle's tragic death from Covid.
The former TOWIE star has revealed that she took on the role as a nurturer in her family after their loss, making sure her cousins were doing OK.
Eddie, whose son is Jess' cousin Elliott Wright, tragically passed away aged 66 in March after an eight-week battle with coronavirus.
Jess told the MailOnline: "Because my dad is the second out of four brothers, I feel he has taken on my uncle's role.
"He has always been the nurturer of all of us and he’s always been the one that has got us together, making sure everyone's OK."
Jess Wright has opened up about how her family coped after her uncle's tragic death from Covid
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Her interview comes after Jess shared her heartbreak at her uncle Eddie's death on Instagram.
She wrote: "Broken. It still doesn't seem real that you're gone.
"You leave the biggest hole in our family's heart because you were everything that represented the Wrights & you did everything you could to keep us together as much as possible as it meant so much to you.
"Not just my uncle, but like a second dad to me in so many ways.
"The best grandad, dad, husband, son & uncle there ever could be.
Jess with her uncle Eddie and mum Carol
(Image: Jess Wright Instagram)
"Your smile lights up every room & you are the glue that held us all together.
"I will look after nanny & grandad just like you did so well, I promise.
"And your children who I love like my own brothers and sister, & of course auntie Deb.
"I miss you so much already Ed, see you again some day. Love you uncle Eddie."
Eddie battled Covid for eight weeks before he sadly died, and Jess' parents, Mark Senior and Carol, as well as her other uncle Georgie and grandmother Irene all tested positive for the virus.
Eddie, whose son is Jess' cousin Elliott Wright, tragically passed away aged 66 in March after an eight-week battle with coronavirus
(Image: Jess WrightInstagram)
They all made a full recovery.
Mark Senior was admitted to hospital, but Carol recovered at home.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mark Wright said of his family's Covid fight: "It's been extremely hard.
"It's been a year I will never, but I would like to, forget, because it's hit my family pretty hard.
Elliott Wright and his dad Eddie
(Image: Elliott Wright Instagram)
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"But we live and we move on and we had an amazing send off for my uncle.
"Look for now, I just want to look forward and remember how special he was in my life and keep doing the things I do to make him proud, because he was so proud of everything I do.
"Out of everyone in my family, he was one of those people, he knew every time – I said this actually in an interview the other week – he knew every time I was on GMB."