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 James Argent said: "A true gentleman & a very kind man! RIP Mick.
"Many amazing memories, So Sad! My thoughts are with his family."
Friend 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."
His former Towie co-star Mario Falcone said: "Shocked and heartbroken."
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.
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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.