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Ben Ofoedu reveals his younger brother Roy has died

‘My heart is broken baby brother’: Ben Ofoedu reveals his younger brother Roy has died aged 47 – as singer’s fiancée Vanessa Feltz reveals she is ‘heartbroken’ due to the “tragic loss”

Ben Ofoedu has revealed his younger brother Roy has died aged 47 – but did not reveal 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 told how his “heart was broken”.

Ben’s fiancée Vanessa Feltz, 60, also mourned the “tragic loss” by sharing a photo of Roy on her Instagram Story.

Tragic: Ben Ofoedu has revealed his younger brother Roy has sadly passed away aged 47

Tragic: Ben Ofoedu has revealed his younger brother Roy has sadly passed away aged 47

Breaking the news, Ben shared two photos of Roy beaming for the camera with Ed Sheeran’s song The A Team playing over them.

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 eternal peace. Roy Ofoedu. 3/12/75 – 9/16/2022.’

Difficult: Ben's fiancée Vanessa Feltz, 60 (left), also mourned the 'tragic loss' by sharing a photo of Roy on her Instagram Story (Vanessa and Ben pictured last year)

Difficult: Ben’s fiancée Vanessa Feltz, 60 (left), also mourned the ‘tragic loss’ by sharing a photo of Roy on her Instagram Story (Vanessa and Ben pictured last year)

In a second post, Ben revealed he would be taking a break from social media to do “personal business” sending “God’s love and light to everyone reading this”.

In Vanessa’s Instagram post, she wrote, “I am truly heartbroken by the tragic loss of Ben’s brother in law. A nice gentleman.

Representatives for Vanessa and Ben have been contacted by MailOnline for further information.

Sad: The Nigerian-British singer-songwriter and reality TV star, 50, took to his Instagram on Monday to share the tragic news and told how his

Sad: The Nigerian-British singer-songwriter and reality TV star, 50, took to his Instagram on Monday to share the tragic news and told how his ‘heart was broken’

News: In a second post, Ben revealed he would be taking a break from social media to address

News: In a second post, Ben revealed he would be taking a break from social media to do “personal business” sending “God’s love and light to everyone reading this”

The This Morning Vanessa star has been in a relationship with Ben – who is 10 years her junior – for 16 years.

Vanessa has two daughters – Allegra, 36, and Saskia, 33 – from her marriage to orthopedic surgeon Michael Kurer.

Vanessa was sung by her partner Ben on her 60th birthday this morning earlier this year.

Tribute: In Vanessa's Instagram post, she wrote: 'I am truly heartbroken by the tragic loss of Ben's brother in law.  A nice gentleman

Tribute: In Vanessa’s Instagram post, she wrote: ‘I am truly heartbroken by the tragic loss of Ben’s brother in law. A nice gentleman

The broadcaster broke down in tears when Ben made a surprise appearance on the show and presented her with a bouquet of flowers for her milestone birthday.

The This Morning team played a prank on Vanessa as Ben impersonated a viewer called ‘Daniel’ who said he was Vanessa’s biggest fan.

“Daniel” professed his love to a confused-looking Vanessa with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, then saying “Daniel” was in the studio to surprise her.

Love: This Morning star Vanessa has been in a relationship with Ben – who is 10 years her junior – for 16 years

Love: This Morning star Vanessa has been in a relationship with Ben – who is 10 years her junior – for 16 years

Ben then emerged and sang All My Life by K-Ci and JoJo as Vanessa burst into tears.

Vanessa said, “Oh my God, thank you so much.”

Ben replied: ‘Happy birthday sweetheart. We have a party and then I’ll take you to Hatton Gardens.

Vanessa jokingly added, “That person on the phone, I thought they didn’t really come in, did they?” They have such a particular sound.

Earlier on the show, Vanessa spoke about how quickly time flies as she reflects on her 60th birthday.

She said: “People warn you that it passes in the blink of an eye and you just think, ‘Oh, don’t be so silly, boring old person. I have done a lot of things but I have to do a lot more.

“I have 22 friends coming over for a lovely dinner tonight and then Ben and I, God willing, are going to have a joint 110th in May because he’s turning 50.”

Family: Vanessa has two daughters – Allegra, 36, and Saskia, 33 – from her marriage to orthopedic surgeon Michael Kurer

Family: Vanessa has two daughters – Allegra, 36, and Saskia, 33 – from her marriage to orthopedic surgeon Michael Kurer

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