Ben Ofoedu has revealed his younger brother Roy has died aged 47 – but has not revealed the cause of death.
The Nigerian-British singer-songwriter and reality TV star, 50, took to his Instagram on Monday to share the tragic news and opened up about how his “heart was broken”.
Ben’s fiancée Vanessa Feltz, 60, also mourned the “tragic loss” as she shared a picture of Roy on her Instagram story.
Announcing the news, Ben shared two images of Roy beaming at the camera while Ed Sheeran’s song The A Team is overplayed.
In his caption, he wrote: “My heart is broken baby bro. I love you so much and I know we will meet again.
“Rest in everlasting peace. Roy Ofodu. 03/12/75 – 09/16/2022.’
In a second post, Ben revealed he was taking a break from social media to deal with “personal matters” while “sending God’s love and light to all who read this.”
In Vanessa’s Instagram Story post, she wrote: “I am truly heartbroken at the tragic loss of Ben’s beautiful brother. A gentle gentleman.’
Representatives for Vanessa and Ben have been contacted by MailOnline for more information.
This morning star Vanessa has been in a relationship with Ben for 16 years – who is 10 years younger than her.
Vanessa has two daughters – Allegra, 36, and Saskia, 33 – from her marriage to orthopedist Michael Kurer.
Vanessa was serenaded by her partner Ben for her 60th birthday on This Morning earlier this year.
The broadcaster burst into tears when Ben made a surprise appearance on the show and gave her a bouquet of flowers for her milestone birthday.
The This Morning crew pranked Vanessa when Ben posed as a viewer named “Daniel” who said he was Vanessa’s biggest fan.
‘Daniel’ confessed his love to a confused looking Vanessa with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, then said ‘Daniel’ was in the studio to surprise her.
Ben then showed up and sang All My Life by K-Ci and JoJo while Vanessa burst into tears.
Vanessa said, “Oh my god, thank you so much.”
Ben replied: “Happy birthday, honey. We have an evening together and then I’ll take you to Hatton Gardens.’
Vanessa jokingly added: “That person on the phone, I thought he’s not really coming in is he? You sound so peculiar.’
Earlier on in the show, Vanessa spoke about how time flies when she was contemplating turning 60.
She said, “People warn you, it’ll be over in no time and you’re just like, ‘Oh don’t be so silly you boring old person.’ I’ve done a lot, but I still have a lot more to do.
“I have 22 friends coming in from a lovely dinner tonight and then, God willing, Ben and I will have a 110th together in May because he turns 50.”