Benefits Street star Fungi has reportedly died at the age of 50 (Image: CHANNEL 4 • BPM MEDIA)
According to The Sun, Benefits Street star Fungi - real name James Clarke - died from a heart attack triggered by a suspected drug overdose in the early hours. The newspaper claims police and ambulance crews were called around 2.45am and despite their attempts, he passed away. The reality star’s cause of death is not yet known but police are not said to be treating it as suspicious. His former partner Donna Reilly, 44, with whom he shares a daughter, told them: “His daughter is in bits."
Fungi's family are very upset, we've only just heard
Talking outside her Birmingham home, she continued: "The family are very upset, we've only just heard.
"It's been a long time, about 30 years. The last time I saw him was at his dad’s funeral in January.
"I haven't seen him since, I don't keep in touch with him."
Hours after hearing the reports of his death, she wrote on Facebook: “Death leaves a heartache no can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
Father-of-four Fungi gain notoriety in Benefits Street, which followed the residents living in Winson Green, Birmingham.
He was one of the