David Beckham took Peggy West along to Buckingham Palace when he was awarded an OBE in 2003.

David Beckham is mourning the death of his maternal grandmother, Peggy West.

The 38-year-old former England football captain is said to be stricken with grief after West reportedly suffered a stroke and passed away on 8November. She was 85.

"He is absolutely devastated. He and Peggy were very close," a source close to the father-of-four told The People newspaper.

West, who was the mother of Beckham's mum Sandra, lost her husband four years ago and had been suffering from a long-term illness.

"She was on a life support machine but sadly she died in the early hours of Friday morning," a close friend of Beckham's said.

"David is really upset, he was extremely close to both Peggy and Joseph. He would speak to Peggy lots... The whole family is grieving for a wonderful woman right now."

As a child, Beckham would visit his grandparents' London home every weekend while his dad was working.

They were present at Buckingham Palace when he was awarded an OBE in 2003.

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