Former Towie star Mick Norcross’s cause of death was suspension by ligature, an inquest has heard.
The 57-year-old was found dead at his home in Brentwood, Essex, on January 21 2020.
At the time, the Essex Police confirmed: ‘We were called to an address in Bulphan shortly before 3.15pm on Thursday 21 January.
‘Sadly, a man inside was pronounced dead. His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.
An inquest was opened today by Essex Coroner’s Court and held virtually.
The inquest heard that Norcross was found hanged in the basement of his home, with police and paramedics attending the scene.
A post-mortem on January 26 at Basildon Hospital found his cause of death to be suspension by ligature.
Coroner’s officer Sarah Lee said during the two-minute hearing: ‘Mr Norcross was found hanging in the basement of his home.
‘Paramedics attended and sadly pronounced him dead. Police attended, all protocols were followed, and his death was confirmed as non-suspicious.’
Michelle Brown, assistant coroner for Essex, said: ‘We are still waiting for the toxicology and the post-mortem report.
‘Also, I understand that mobile phone downloads and iPads are being looked into by the police.
‘We also have a very detailed letter from a family member.’
The full inquest has been adjourned until July 22.
Following the news of Norcross’s death, his Towie castmates shared their tributes on social media, with a statement from the show reading: ‘Everyone at TOWIE is shocked and deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of Mick’s death.
‘He was hugely popular with cast, crew and the audience alike. Charming, generous and host to many of Essex’s most glamorous events, Mick will be missed by us all. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.’
Mario Falcone said that he was finding Mick’s death ‘particularly hard’, telling The Sun: ‘I’ve been very upset. Probably out of everybody I’ve ever lost, this is the one that’s hurt me the most – just because it was someone I really looked up to and it has come as a really big shock to me.’
A final tweet from Norcross shared just before his death read: ‘At the end remind yourself that you did the best you could. And that is good enough.’
As well as starring in 53 episodes across six series of Towie, Norcross was well known in Essex as the former owner of the popular club The Sugar Hut.
The businessman is survived by his sons Kirk, who also starred on Towie, Mason and Daniel, his daughter Hollie, and his grandchildren.