Stars of the hit ITV show The Only Way Is Essex are mourning the loss of Mick Norcross.
Mick, 57, was Kirk Norcross’ father as well as the boss of popular celebrity nightspot the Sugar Hut.
He was tragically found dead at his home on Thursday, and police say they are not treating his death as suspicious.
Mick joined the cast of TOWIE in 2010 along with son Kirk, soon becoming firm favourites.
And despite his decision to leave the hit show just three years later, Mick managed to create strong bonds with fellow Essex stars.
After hearing the devastating news of his passing, celebs rushed to social media to pay tributes to the doting father and grandfather.
TOWIE star Mario Falcone – who appeared on the show at the same time as Mick – wrote online: “Shocked and heartbroken.”
His former co-star James Argent penned a poignant tribute, writing: “A true gentleman & a very kind man! RIP Mick. Many amazing memories, So Sad! My thoughts are with his family.”
Gemma Collins, who Mick dated while he was on the show, also paid tribute.
She wrote: “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 you was one of the good guys”
Jess Wright – who, along with brother Mark were also firm favourites on the show – expressed her sadness: “Terribly, terribly sad. Always such a gentleman and so kind. Devastated for him and his family.
“Sending love to them at this time. RIP Mick.”
Meanwhile Bobby Norris opted to share a deep quote in light of the tragic news, which read: “Just a reminder in case your mind is playing tricks on you today.
“You matter. You’re important. You’re loved. And your presence on this earth makes a difference whether you see it or not.”
Elliot Wright, who also appeared on the show, replied to Mick’s final tweet, sent just hours before his death, with a broken heart emoji.
Mick’s cryptic final tweet read: “At the end remind yourself that you did the best you could. And that is good enough,” he wrote in a tweet published Thursday morning just after 7am.
Celebrity Big Brother star Jess Impiazzi penned: “Thank you for the memories @micky_norcross – still can’t believe what I’m hearing always been so supportive! Will be sorely missed.
“Please don’t ever feel like no one is there or wants to listen, you matter! You’re loved! And the world is better with you in it there is always light at the end of the tunnel! I promise!”
Mick’s friend Mark Hassell wrote: “I truly can’t believe this. It’s so sad. He was such an amazing man. Truly down to earth, welcoming & graceful. He always treated me so well.”
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