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Mick Norcross’ Towie co-stars Gemma Collins and Mark Wright lead tributes to the ‘true gentleman’ as he’s found dead

DEVASTATED friends of former Towie star Mick Norcross have paid tribute to the 57-year-old who has been found dead at home.

The Sugar Hut owner's body was discovered at his house in Bulphan at 3.15pm this afternoon.

His Towie co-star Gemma Collins - who he briefly dated - said: "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."

James Argent said: "A true gentleman & a very kind man! RIP Mick.

"Many amazing memories, So Sad! My thoughts are with his family."

Friend Chloe Sims wrote: "Absolutely gutted. Mick, forever a gentleman with the most gentle, kind heart.

"Heartbreaking you felt you couldn't stay. You will always be missed."

Taking to Twitter, Mark Wright wrote: "RIP Mick N. You were a great man, an inspiration to many, always so polite and welcoming.

"Such a gent. We lost a good one. Let this be ANOTHER reason to check in on people and ask if they are ok. It’s imperative we talk.

"Love to Kirk and the rest of the family, such sad news."

Former Towie favourite Amy Childs wrote: "Waking up today No words. A true gentleman, I will miss you mick 😢"

Frankie Essex shared: "Rest in peace to our Towie gent @MickNorcross it wouldn't have been the same without you.

"Thank you for everything you done for us all and always putting up with us in your club and home."

Former co-star Mario Falcone opened up about how Mick had been the only show star to reach out during his depression battle.

He wrote on Instagram: "This one is very hard to accept. I had so much respect and admiration for this man.

"I had the honour of filming with him a lot on Towie and also to be good friends away from the show.

"When I went through my battle with depression and suicide you were the only one from the whole show that reached out and cared about me.

"You were someone I looked up to and held in the highest regard. The thought of you going through the same pain and emotional darkness I did breaks my heart.

"You will be sorely missed by so many! Thank you for the many memories in the sugar hut, the wild parties, the advice and dropping me off to get my R8. The world has lost a very good man. RIP Mick Norcross."

Pal Jess Wright expressed her sadness at the shock news, writing: "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."

Bobby Norris shared a quote for anyone who needed to hear it, 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."

Celebrity Big Brother star Jess Impiazzi said: "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!"

This morning - just hours before his body was found - Mick sent a haunting final tweet to his 500,000 followers.

He wrote:  "At the end remind yourself that you did the best you could. And that is good enough."

And just a few days ago at the weekend, Mick said: "Wishing everyone a healthy, safe and relaxing Sunday in these uncertain times."

Describing himself in his Twitter bio, Mick says: "Proud father & Grandfather, Love Antiques, Old cars, The great outdoors & all things British, Positive thinker."

Mick joined the cast of TOWIE in the early series and joined his son Kirk, Mark Wright, Mario and Lucy Mecklenburgh. 

The much-loved TV celebrity caught the eye of Gemma Collins and the pair went out on dates during the early episodes.

He also dated fellow stars Chloe Sims and Maria Fowler before leaving the show in 2013.

Mick - who had four children - became a grandad following the birth of his son Kirk’s child.

He became a property developer after quitting the show and was given the green light to build a dream rural manor house in leafy Essex in 2018.

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