MARK Wright shared a sweet tribute to his dad Mark Snr on his 65th birthday.
The 34-year-old posted a snap of them together, Mark with his arm around his dad, as they smiled at the camera.
He wrote: “Happy birthday to the greatest man there is and ever was. What a man to follow in every way. Love ya dad xx.”
Marks friends and fans also left wishes for his dad, with Denise Van Outen writing: “Happy birthday @bigmarkwright ?.”
Footballer John Terry also wrote: “Happy Birthday @bigmarkwright ?.”
It’s been a tough year for Mark Snr, after he and wife Carol, 61, revealed on New Year’s Day that they’d been struck down with Covid.
Weeks later Mark spoke to listeners during his Heart radio show, urging them to follow the restrictions in place at the time and admitted Mark Snr had only just left the hospital.
He said: “I want my life back. I want my family to be well again. I don’t want my family to have to worry anymore. I don’t want you to worry anymore.
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“If you want to get your life back, the only way this will happen is if we obey by the government rules.
“I don’t know the science of it, but what I do know is that my father, my dad was suffering in hospital and we worried for his life for two weeks, he’s now home, he’s not completely better, he knows that and we know it.”
But the Wrights were struck by further heartbreak in March when Eddie, the father of Mark’s cousin Elliott, passed away after catching Covid.
Writing on Elliott’s tribute to his dad, Mark said: “You’d have to be God to find a better man than my uncle. Put simply, you won’t.
“I love you uncle Eddie, I’m never going to forget you. Broken to pieces.”