The Only Way Is Essex stars including Mark Wright and Gemma Collins have shared tributes to fellow TOWIE cast member Mick Norcross, after he tragically died yesterday (January 21) at the age of 57.
Mick, whose son Kirk Norcross also appeared on the ITV reality show, was found at his home yesterday afternoon according to OK!, with Essex Police saying that his death is not being treated as suspicious.
Mick appeared in TOWIE between 2011 and 2013 as the owner of Brentwood nightclub Sugar Hut, which was regularly attended by cast members and featured on the show.
TOWIE cast members past and present have shared tributes to Mick, with Gemma Collins saying that he was "always a gentleman" in an Instagram post.
"Absolutely shocked and saddened by the news," she wrote. "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".
Mark Wright tweeted that Mick was "a great man, an inspiration to many, always so polite and welcoming. Such a gent", adding: "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".
Sugar Hut club called Mick "A true Essex legend who will be sorely missed" in a tweet, saying that he "made a huge mark on Brentwood".
See further tributes to Mick below:
So sad to hear the news today of the passing of Mr Sugarhut @micky_norcross
A very talented, friendly and fun guy, who made a huge mark on Brentwood.
A true Essex legend who will be sorely missed, our condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.
RIP Mick ❤️💔
— Sugar Hut (@sugarhut) January 21, 2021
RIP Mick 💔 you was a genuinely lovely man & always looked after us, was a pleasure to have worked with you. My thoughts are with the family ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nzgkOg0Wg8
— James Diags (@JamesBennewith) January 21, 2021
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
— Mark Wright (@MarkWright_) January 21, 2021
Shocked and heartbroken 💔
— Mario Falcone (@Mario_Falcone) January 21, 2021
Truly heartbreaking. You were a lovely man ❤️❤️❤️😢😢
— Denise Welch 💙 (@RealDeniseWelch) January 21, 2021
RIP @micky_norcross such a lovely man. So sad 💔my thoughts are with his family
— Denise Van Outen 🌈❤️ (@denise_vanouten) January 21, 2021
Mick appeared in 53 episodes of TOWIE between series two and eight and later became a property developer.
The Only Way Is Essex airs on ITVBe.
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