Match of the Day host Mark Chapman has sadly lost his wife, Sara, who died last week.
Sara, who the TV presenter married in 2000, died on 3 June at the age of 44 with her family surrounding her.
A cause of death has not been revealed but Sara is said to have battled a long illness.
Mark’s spokesman confirmed Sara’s death to The Sun and a source said: ‘Sadly Sara passed away on June 3.
‘Mark and the kids are absolutely devastated.
‘The family was there and it’s just a really sad situation. They’re an extremely private family and would appreciate people respecting that.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Mark’s reps for comment.
Reacting to the sad news, Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘God how sad. Deepest condolences to @markchapman & his family.’
The BBC Radio 5 Live presenter shared three children with Sara, aged 17, 12 and six.
Mark, 46, previously said of his family: ‘I know my family are very proud of me but I don’t look at what I do as being anything particularly special.
‘I’ve got a great job and it’s so much fun but I don’t go in for any of that celebrity-nonsense. I’d much prefer a pint at The Railway any day.’
The TV star, affectionately known as Chappers, became host of Match of the Day 2 back in 2013 and joined the BBC Radio 5 Live team in 2010 to host the evening sports shows.
As well as Match of the Day, Mark also fronts the Saturday afternoon football show 606 on 5 Live, in addition to The Monday Night Club, a discussion show.
In 2018, Mark announced that he had taken up studies to qualify as a sporting director. He enrolled on the Master of Sport Directorship course at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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