Mark Wright pays tribute to tragic former TOWIE star Mick Norcross

Mark Wright has paid tribute to former TOWIE co-star Mick Norcross after the club owner was found dead at his Essex home on Thursday afternoon, aged 57. 

The Sugar Hut owner and reality star, who rose to fame as the man behind the nightclub on the hit ITV2 series, was discovered at his Bulphan by emergency services.

And Mark, who appeared on the show until 2011, says Norcross was always a 'perfect gentlemen' whenever they cross paths, while offering his best wishes to the club-owner's son Kirk, another former co-star.  

Speaking out: Mark Wright has paid tribute to former TOWIE co-star Mick Norcross after the club owner was found dead at his Essex home on Thursday afternoon

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He told Friday's edition of Lorraine:  'I wasn’t very close to him. I don’t want to talk much about it but I do want to send my condolences to the family - Kirk must be broken-hearted. 

'He was a gentleman, a nice guy, always so welcoming at his club. If you know anyone who is down just talk to them. If you are feeling down talk to a family member or friend.'  

In a haunting final tweet, posted just hours before his body was found, Norcross wrote: 'At the end remind yourself that you did the best you could. And that is good enough.' 

On January 4, Kirk, 32, shared a selfie on Facebook showing him sitting alongside his grinning father, adding the caption: 'Me and the big man', with a heart emoji. 

Heartbreaking: TOWIE's Mick Norcross was seen beaming next to his son Kirk in his haunting final picture, taken three weeks before he was been found dead aged 57

Heartbreaking: TOWIE's Mick Norcross was seen beaming next to his son Kirk in his haunting final picture, taken three weeks before he was been found dead aged 57

On Thursday, Mick sent shockwaves around the TV world when news arose of his passing, and while Kirk has so far remained silent, the haunting last picture has emerged. As well as pictures with Kirk, Mick's girlfriend Samantha Keahey shared a number of shots of the couple last year, including sweet images taken last month. 

Mick is survived by his sons Kirk, Mason, Daniel and daughter Hollie. He also has three grandchildren.  The star made his TOWIE debut in 2011 during the show's second season, while son Kirk was part of the original cast. 

The businessman was introduced as the owner of Sugar Hut, a nightclub in Brentwood which was a popular filming location for the show. During his time on the show, Mick caught the attention of Gemma Collins, 39, who soon developed a crush on him. 

One of his most notable storylines was when, at a pool party for the second series finale, Gemma was convinced Mick was bringing a bottle of champagne over to her, but was instead snubbed when the Sugar Hut owner walked past her and presented the bubbly to Lauren Goodger's sister Nicola.

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Heartbreaking: As well as pictures with Kirk, Mick's girlfriend Samantha Keahey shared a number of shots of the couple, including sweet images taken last month

Heartbreaking: As well as pictures with Kirk, Mick's girlfriend Samantha Keahey shared a number of shots of the couple, including sweet images taken last month

Tragic: Mick haunting last tweet, posted on Thursday morning at 7.17am, read: 'At the end remind yourself that you did the best you could. And that is good enough.'

Tragic: Mick haunting last tweet, posted on Thursday morning at 7.17am, read: 'At the end remind yourself that you did the best you could. And that is good enough.'

Starring role: The Sugar Hut owner and reality star, who rose to fame as the man behind the nightclub on the hit ITV2 series, was discovered at his home in Bulphan, Essex, by emergency services on Thursday afternoon

Starring role: The Sugar Hut owner and reality star, who rose to fame as the man behind the nightclub on the hit ITV2 series, was discovered at his home in Bulphan, Essex, by emergency services on Thursday afternoon 

Heartbreaking: Mick is pictured with his girlfriend Samantha Keahey

Heartbreaking: Mick is pictured with his girlfriend Samantha Keahey

Heartbreaking: Mick is pictured with his girlfriend Samantha Keahey

In an episode of the programme in 2011, Mick referenced his mental health in a conversation with Kirk, saying: 'Maybe there's bits of my life where I haven't been there for you so it's hard for me to see where I'm going wrong...

'I wasn't there enough for you growing up but I want you to know I'm here for you now. I want to do the things we didn't do and still can do. I'm quite a hard person and it's difficult for me to show my emotions and that's not me making an excuses and it doesn't mean I don't love you and I don't want you around me...

'I just put this hard exterior up sometimes. Any time you get upset let's not end up having a shouting match over it. Talk to me. With women, that's where I push buttons. Unfortunately in what I do, I am surrounded by women from 20 years of age to 35 years of age.' 

When Kirk voiced concerns over women taking advantage of Mick, he went on: 'Really Kirk it's not your decision, with me you might think I'm having a great time and that but every night I come to this house on my own, I live on my own, it's empty, it's nothing.' 

Police outside the home of Mick Norcross this evening, after the TOWIE star was found dead earlier this afternoon

Mick and Kirk are pictured in a promo shot for 2011's third season of TOWIE

Mick and Kirk are pictured in a promo shot for 2011's third season of TOWIE 

Mick Norcross' TOWIE moments

MARCH 2011: Mick makes his TOWIE entrance, when Kirk attempts to set Gemma Collins up with his dad. After Gemma voiced her desire to find a 'Danny Dyer-Tony Soprano' style older man, Kirk insisted Mick would be 'perfect'. Despite his best efforts, the businessman seemed more enticed by fellow newcomer Chloe Sims. 

APRIL 2011: Despite his attentions continuing to point to Chloe, Gemma continued in her quest for Mick as she famously left an apple pie on his doorstep however he does not realise it is a gift from the boutique owner. 

Gemma continued in her quest for Mick as she famously left an apple pie on his doorstep

Gemma continued in her quest for Mick as she famously left an apple pie on his doorstep

MAY 2011: In one of the show's most iconic scenes, Gemma is left heartbroken when she believes Mick is approaching her with a bottle of champagne at Mark Wright's pool party however he is in fact heading toward Lauren Goodger's sister Nicola. He later said of the scene: 'I had no idea that Gemma was so upset. I think someone may have told her I was going to come over to her rather than Nicola. But I never meant to hurt her. I hate the thought of upsetting anyone.' 

SEPTEMBER 2011: Mick sparks up a romance with Maria Fowler - an enemy to Kirk - however the following month he ends the relationship over rumours flying around Essex about their relationship. 

In one of the show's most iconic scenes, Gemma is left heartbroken when she believes Mick is approaching her with a bottle of champagne

In one of the show's most iconic scenes, Gemma is left heartbroken when she believes Mick is approaching her with a bottle of champagne

OCTOBER 2011: Mick confesses to Kirk that he feels lonely and would like some company 'Maybe there's bits of my life where I haven't been there for you so it's hard for me to see where I'm going wrong...

'I wasn't there enough for you growing up but I want you to know I'm here for you now. I want to do the things we didn't do and still can do. I'm quite a hard person and it's difficult for me to show my emotions and that's not me making an excuses and it doesn't mean I don't love you and I don't want you around me and I just put this hard exterior up sometimes...

'Any time you get upset let's not end up having a shouting match over it. Talk to me. With women, that's where I push buttons. Unfortunately in what I do, I am surrounded by women from 20 years of age to 35 years of age.' When Kirk voiced concerns over women taking advantage of Mick, he went on: 'Really Kirk it's not your decision, with me you might think I'm having a great time and that but every night I come to this house on my own, I live on my own, it's empty, it's nothing.' 

APRIL 2012: Mick is left in shock when a blaze breaks out at his Essex mansion after which he was treated for smoke inhalation while Kirk suffered minor cuts after attempting to put out the fire that broke out an upstairs rooms around 2.30pm. He spoke of the fire on the show and showed Mario Falcone the damage on-screen. 

MAY 2012: Mick invites a number of the TOWIE boys around for a poker night to christen his new man cave since his home renovation 

MARCH 2013: Mick announced his departure from the show after five series and banned filming in his club after becoming displeased with the reputation of fighting and fury among castmembers within the luxury establishment. He said: '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.'

Mick announced his departure from the show after five series and banned filming in his club

Mick announced his departure from the show after five series and banned filming in his club

 

 

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Gemma led the tributes, writing on Instagram: 'ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN. Absolutely shocked and

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