Football legend lan Wright was told his mum had died just 30 seconds before he was due back on air for a live TV game.
The ex-England star, 58, was told the distressing news that Nesta, 94, had passed away during half-time at Saturday's Rochdale v Plymouth Argyle FA Cup tie.
ITV presenter Mark Pougatch told millions watching that Ian had left to be with his family.
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