Mark Wright pays tribute to former Towie co-star Mick Norcross on Lorraine after he's found dead in his home

Mark Wright pays tribute to former Towie co-star Mick Norcross on Lorraine after he's found dead in his home

MARK Wright paid tribute to his former Towie co-star Mick Norcross during an appearance on Lorraine today.

Stars of the reality show have been left rocked after the 57-year-old businessman was found dead at his Essex home on Thursday [21 January] afternoon, aged 57.

Mark, 34, addressed the sad news during this morning's TV appearance, and also sent his love to Mick's son Kirk – another former co-star.

He told host Lorraine Kelly: "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."

Mark went on to encourage viewers who are struggling with their emotions to reach out and get help, adding: "If you know anyone who is down just talk to them. If you are feeling down talk to a family member or friend."

The star had previously taken to Twitter when the tragic news first broke, writing: "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."

Mick was the owner of The Sugar Hut, the Essex nightclub that served as the backdrop of several iconic The Only Way Is Essex scenes.

He was discovered at his home in Bulphan, Essex, at 3.15pm yesterday by emergency services.

Mick 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."

Just three weeks ago, his son Kirk had posted a beaming photo of himself with his dad.

Kirk, who also rose to fame on Towie, shared the touching snap on Facebook alongside the caption: "Me and the big man" and a heart emoji.

The devastated star has not yet publicly commented on his father's death.

Meanwhile, a host of other stars have taken to their social media pages to pay tribute, including Gemma Collins, Chloe Sims, and Amy Childs.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "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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