Mark Chapman supported by BBC colleague Dan Walker as wife dies aged 44

Messages of support have been sent to Mark Chapman and his family on the news of his wife Sara's passing. (Visionhaus)

Match of the Day 2 presenter Mark Chapman has received an outpouring of supportive messages following the death of his wife Sara at the age of 44.

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker said he was “crushed” for his BBC colleague as he paid tribute to Sara.

"Absolutely crushed for Chappers and his family. He loved Sara so much. May she rest in peace," he wrote in a tweet.

An official cause of death has not been given by the family, but Walker went on to say the mother-of-three had been battling cancer.

Walker went on: "When Chappers found out that my dad was diagnosed with cancer last year, he was so kind and thoughtful. He was also honest about the effects of cancer on his wife.

"His words and advice were incredibly helpful. Sending all my love to Mark and his young family."

Radio 5 Live presenter Mark Chapman. (Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Chapman, 46, wed Sara in 2000 and the pair had three children. The Sun reports a spokesperson confirmed the sad news of her passing on Friday.

Former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas also shared a message of support. The father-of-one was left a widower in 2017 when his wife Gemma died from cancer aged just 40.

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"Thoughts very much with @markchapman and his kids tonight," he tweeted. "Life has dealt them a very tough blow but have no doubt, given the support he showed me a two-and-a-half (sic), that he’ll hold that family together."

Tributes also came from Gary Lineker, who wrote: "Oh no. How utterly heartbreaking. Thoughts are with poor Chappers and his family."

Meanwhile, Everton FC shared condolences in a message stating: "The thoughts of everyone at Everton are with @markchapman and his family after the sad passing of his wife Sara."

"God how sad. Deepest condolences to @markchapman & his family," commented Piers Morgan.