London - Peter Andre has been left devastated by the death of his brother.

The heartbroken reality TV star is being comforted by friends and family after his 54-year-old brother, Andrew, passed away on Sunday (16.12.12) after losing his battle against kidney cancer.

A spokeswoman for Peter - who was by Andrew's bedside when he died, along with other family members - told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Peter is devastated. He was very, very close to his brother. This is the very first family member Peter has experienced losing. He just needs time to grieve."

Andrew, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in February, was understood to have been responding well to treatment before his situation worsened last month.

His parents flew from their home in Australia to the UK last week to be at his bedside with his wife and daughter, as well as Peter.

Peter - who recently cancelled tour dates so he could spend as much time as possible with Andrew - has previously spoken about his brother's illness and how upset he was when he found out.

The father-of-two said: "I was horrified, so shocked, and I broke down.

"The tears were just rolling down my face and I've cried every day since."

Andrew regularly appeared in various reality TV shows alongside Peter and offered emotional support when his marriage to glamour model Katie Price - mother of his two children - broke down in 2009. - Bang Showbiz