Mark Wright has described in emotional detail how Covid “ tore his family apart ” after six family members all battled the deadly virus within days of each other.
In a new candid interview and video, the former TOWIE star, 34, said his family will “ never be the same ” after losing his uncle Edward to the coronavirus.
Edward, whose son is Mark’s cousin Elliott Wright, tragically died in early March at the age of 66 after an eight-week battle with Covid.
Speak against The sunMark wiped away tears when he said, “I’m one less uncle here. He is the heart of our family. We are all incredibly heartbroken. I try to be there for a lot of family members who are devastated. ‘
Emotional: Mark Wright emotionally detailed how Covid ‘tore his family apart’ after six family members all battled deadly virus within days of each other
The radio host admitted he “ struggled to cope ” during the festive period after six family members fought the coronavirus within days of each other.
Mark revealed that, like his uncle Eddie, both of his parents – Mark. Snr, 64, and Carol, 60, another uncle Georgie, 62, his grandmother Irene, 85, and his grandfather all tested positive.
Reflecting on the rough patch, the TV star admitted that his “level of concern was a million,” he added emotionally, “I could have lost them all.”
Mark added that he has never been “so religious,” but prayed every day and night for his father who was hospitalized. His mother Carol and Uncle Georgie were able to recover at home.
Tragic: In a new candid interview and video, the former TOWIE star, 34, said his family will ‘never be the same’ after losing his uncle Edward in March after an eight-week fight with Covid (pictured together in 2016)
Recalling the troubling time, the former TOWIE star admitted that he was ‘weeping’ at the thought of losing his dad, adding, ‘I thought if I lost my dad, I’ll never get over this.’
Mark added that due to the pandemic, he was unable to visit his father in the hospital and thought he would never see him again or say ‘hello’.
The family was left devastated when they received the “dreaded phone call” that his uncle Eddie had passed away.
Mark said they had received a video of his uncle ‘moving his head’ for the first time and it was a ‘huge step’, but he started getting more infections that made him ‘deteriorate overnight’.
The reality star shared his anger and grief and sobbed when he said, “He got better. That’s what upsets me so much. ‘
In January, Mark revealed that the coronavirus had left his uncle in a ‘critical condition’ after explaining how his own father Mark Snr had been ‘mentally altered’ by his fight with Covid.
Ex-TOWIE star Mark, 33, whose parents are Mark. Snr, 64, and Carol, 60, announced on New Year’s Eve that they had been hit by the virus, saying his father was ‘not the same as he was four weeks ago’ while performing on Good Morning Britain.
Mark said at the time, “My father is now out of the hospital. One of my father’s brothers is on oxygen in the hospital.
‘His other brother, my uncle Eddie, Elliott’s father, is in a critical condition, we pray every night that he gets better.
“We hear from doctors that it is not getting worse, but we still pray that he gets through this.”
Mark spoke emotionally about the virus’s impact on his father and said it affected him mentally.
He said, ‘I mean he’s out of the hospital and I hope he doesn’t mind my saying this, but mentally something isn’t right right now.
“He’s fine, but he’s not my dad he was four weeks ago. He’s better and I hope there is more improvement, but it can leave long-lasting problems. ‘
Mark then made an ardent plea for people to listen to the government and follow the rules regarding social distancing, wearing a mask, and mixing households.
Eng: Mark revealed that both his parents – Mark. Snr, 64, and Carol, 60, pictured, another uncle Georgie, 62, his grandmother Irene, 85, and his grandfather all tested positive
He said, ‘The message is what it should have been and has been from the start, as Kate has tried to promote on Good Morning Britain until you see it firsthand, that could be the day you realize I must defend ideas. , but then it might be too late. ‘
‘I have good friends who are conspiracy theorists and they think it’s all bullshit and you don’t have to lock up the country.
My answer is, the government, right or wrong, they know more than you do, so if they tell you to do this, do it.
‘Cause until you get to a point where I am now, and I’ve had the hardest weeks of my life looking at basically possible loss of family members who are close to you or if they are very sick.
‘You will regret what you do. So listen to the rules, stay at home, there is a lockdown for a reason.
Please just stick to these rules, it’s so important. If you see it firsthand, it’s the most terrifying virus you’ll ever see, the things it does to the body, what it did to my dad.
Mark’s sister Jess too revealed at the time that part of her family has been hospitalized for the coronavirus.
The former TOWIE star explained how Covid had ripped through her family like wildfire, with some needing hospital treatment.
Jess wrote: ‘Covid has ripped through my family for the past month and it has been absolutely awful. Please keep everyone safe, stay at home, wear masks and check loved ones regularly too.
The battle is not over for us, we take each day as it comes and pray a lot. This new species seems to be spreading like wildfire.
“Thank you for the well wishes to those who have known, to my relatives who have been hospitalized by this awful, awful virus.”