The Only Way is Essex has paid tribute to former star and The Sugar Hut owner Mick Norcross after his tragic death.
Norcross is thought to have died at the age of 57 at his home in Brentwood. He starred on Towie up until 2013.
A post from the official show’s Instagram account reads: ‘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.’
Many of the show’s cast members have also remembered Norcross after his tragic death, including Gemma Collins.
She penned on Instagram: ‘ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN ?absolutely shocked and saddened by the news? my thoughts and prayers are going out to Kirk family and friends absolutely tragic #ripmicknorcross the memories of the early days the sugar hut and the wonderful filming parties you put on will never be forgotten ? you never know what someone is going through ?’.
James Argent added: ‘A true gentleman and a very kind man! RIP Mick.
‘Many amazing memories, So sad! My thoughts are with his family.’
Mark Wright, meanwhile, has shared an important message to fans following the tragedy.
Appearing on Lorraine, Mark said: ‘Yeah, I knew Mick quite well. I wasn’t very close to him so I don’t want to spend too long talking about it.
‘I just want to send my condolences and my love to the family and Kirk. Obviously, he must just be broken-hearted.
‘But what I did know of Mick, he was such a gentleman, such a nice guy, he was always so welcoming at his club and it’s just so sad.
‘If you know anyone today the message is just talk, just ask them if they’re OK. If you’re feeling down, talk to a friend, talk to a family member because we hear this too much, too often.
‘It’s these kinds of things and these situations which hit me most,’ Mark continued. ‘They hit hardest, when you think maybe someone could have spoken to him.’
Essex Police told Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘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.’
Norcross chose to leave reality TV in 2013 and revealed on his exit that he felt being a part of the show was damaging his nightclub’s brand.
Credit: Original article published here.