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According to a report in the Sun, Gunners legend Ian Wright needed to leave ITV’s FA Cup broadcast at half-time in the wake of being told his mum had passed on 30 seconds prior to going on air.

The former England sharp shooter, 58, was covering Rochdale and Plymouth Argyle’s
second round match on Saturday evening when he got the news.

The commentator and TV personality was informed that Nesta, who brought him up in
Brockley, south London, had died at age 94.

Ian had recently spoken with regards to a troublesome childhood by his mum and an oppressive stepfather – yet uncovered in his hard-hitting BBC narrative Home Truths that he had reconciled with his mom.

The Sun reported that someone close to Ian said:

“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 air at half time, and wanted to be with his family, which ITV obviously totally understood…He left the ground immediately to be with them.”

Plymouth proceeded to beat Rochdale 2-1 to progress through to the third
round of the FA Cup.

A Day That Had Started In A Typical Wrighty Way

Ian had been described as in a jovial mood on camera as well as with
individuals from the group as they linked up together prior to the 12:15pm
start off.

Even just one hour before he heard the news, Wright posted an image
of himself at the match on Twitter.

He had postured for an image of himself with a similar fan
name as him, with the inscription: “Just met another Ian Wright”.

Fellow presenter Mark Pougatch confirmed the bad news, saying:

“Ian, I’m afraid is not [with us at half-time]. A family bereavement, so he has gone to where he is most needed – with his family.”

A representative for Ian affirmed that it was his mom who had died.

Author: Londonlad

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