Today BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Mark Chapman announced the death of his beloved wife, Sarah.

Mark’s wife Sara was reported to have passed away on Wednesday at the age of 44 after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.

According to the Sun, Sara had been suffering with a ‘long illness’.

Mark and Sara married in 2000 and have three children together aged 17, 12 and six.

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“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.”

A spokesman also confirmed to the publication that Sara has passed away.

Mark, who is affectionately known as Chappers, currently presents Match of the Day 2 on BBC2 and often Final Score.

Mark Chapman began his career in 1996 as a continuity announcer on BBC Television, primarily working on BBC Two, before becoming the cricket correspondent for BBC North East radio.

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Chapman then joined BBC Radio 1 as a sports reporter working on Sara Cox’s show and later on Scott Mills’s show, where he was nicknamed Chappers, before joining Radio 5 Live to host 5 live Sport on Monday evenings in 2010.