TRAGIC Towie star Mick Norcross was found hanged at his Essex home, an inquest heard today.
The businessman, 57, was discovered dead at his home in Bulphan, Essex, at 3.15pm on January 21.
Mick Norcross was found dead at his home on January 21
Mick had posted a cryptic message on Twitter hours earlier, which read: “At the end remind yourself that you did the best you could. And that is good enough.”
Essex Police confirmed at the time his death was not being treated as suspicious.
An inquest heard today how the tragic Sugar Hut owner was found hanged in his basement.
Sarah Lee, Assistant coroner’s officer for Essex, said: “He was 57 years of age and passed away on the 21st of January, 2021 at Upminster, Essex.
“On the 21st of January Mr Norcross was found hanging in the basement.”
The popular TV celebrity caught the eye of Gemma Collins and the pair went out on dates during the early episodes.
But in 2013 he revealed he was leaving the show over fears it was damaging the image of his nightclub.
Mick left Towie in 2013
He told The Sun at the time: “My club is an upmarket venue where people come to drink champagne and feel spoiled.
“All these rows they keep filming don’t show the club in a good light and I’m worried it’s putting people off coming, which is the last thing I want.
“I’ve had enough. I’m out.”
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.
Mick became a grandad following the birth of his son Kirk’s child.
Tributes from heartbroken former co-stars flooded in after the heartbreaking news was announced.
Mick starred in the show with his son Kirk
Gemma Collins said she was “absolutely shocked and saddened” by the news.
Sharing a photo of her and Mick, who she briefly dated, she wrote: “always a gentleman”.
Mark Wright said Mick’s death was “such sad news” as he posted a touching tribute.
The ex-Towie star said: “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.”
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“My thoughts are with his family.”
Sharing a photo on Instagram, Mick’s former co-star Mario Falcone said the news was “very hard to accept,” adding “I had so much respect and admiration for this man.”
Referring to his own battle with depression, he said: “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!”
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.”
The stars have been offered bereavement counselling to cope with Mick’s shock death.
A source told The Sun Online: “Mick was so popular with everyone on set, not just in front of the cameras, but with the staff working behind the scenes too.
“Straight away Lime Pictures let everyone know that they have a counselling team on hand to help to offer them free bereavement counselling at this time. This is something they always do brilliantly.
“Everyone has been devastated by the news of his death. He was so charming and welcoming especially when it came to inviting everyone to his nightclub The Sugar Hut. He will be greatly missed.”
An Essex Police spokesman said at the time: “We were called to an address in Brentwood Road, Bulphan shortly before 3.15pm on Thursday 21 January.
“Sadly, a man inside was pronounced dead.
“His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”
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Flowers left outside Sugar Hut after his tragic death
Gemma Collins was among those paying tribute
Mick enjoyed a rural life in Essex after leaving the show