The makers of hit show The Only Way Is Essex paid an emotional tribute to “hugely popular” Mick Norcross after he was found dead at his Essex home.
Mick joined the cast of TOWIE early in its run, appearing alongside his son Kirk, as well as famous faces like Mario Falcone, Mark Wright and Lucy Mecklenburgh.
The 57-year-old’s death was announced on Thursday night, hours after emergency services rushed to his home in Brentwood Road, Bulphan.
A statement posted on the offficial TOWIE Facebook page on Friday night said: “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.”
Mick first appeared on TOWIE in 2011 during its second series.
During his time on the show, he also dated his co-stars Gemma Collins, Chloe Sims and Maria Fowler, before quitting in 2013.
Celebrities from across the world of reality TV, including past and present TOWIE stars, have been paying tribute to Mick on social media – many remembering him as a “true gentleman”.
TOWIE co-star and Mick’s former girlfriend Gemma Collins took to Instagram to remember him, sharing a photo of them together.
She said: “ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN. Absolutely shocked and saddened by the news my thoughts and prayers are going out to Kirk and his family and friends absolutely tragic#ripmicknorcross
“The memories of the early day,s 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.”
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Another former co-star James “Arg” Argent wrote: “A true gentleman & a very kind man! RIP Mick. Many amazing memories, So Sad! My thoughts are with his family.”
The devastating news came just hours after Mick sent out a heart-wrenching final tweet, writing: “At the end remind yourself that you did the best you could. And that is good enough.”