Emotional Joey Essex has added his own touching tribute following the heartbreaking news of Mick Norcross’ sudden death.
Joey said the SugarHut supremo was just like a father to him – and wrote that he is in total shock at Thursday’s devastating announcement.
The TV personality was reportedly found at his Essex home by emergency services.
Many of the show’s stars have said some words on social media for popular Mick, the father of Kirk, 32, – one of TOWIE’s original members.
Joey added his own special tribute as he comes to terms with the harrowing news.
He tweeted: “In complete shock. I looked up to Micky, you treated me like a son whilst I was on my crazy journey growing up in this industry.
“You looked after me & made me feel at ease if I had a problem, I’ll always remember that… My heart goes out to your family. I’m gutted, god bless.”
Mick, who rose to fame as the owner of the show’s trendy nightclub, is survived by Kirk, and his other sons Mason, Daniel and daughter Hollie.
After Mick was found at his Essex home, police confirmed: “We were called to an address in Brentwood Road, Bulphan shortly before 3.15pm on Thursday 21 January.”
He dated a string of the show’s stars including Gemma Collins, Chloe Sims and Maria Fowler.
Many TOWIE cast members rushed to post how heartbroken they were.
Gemma wrote: “ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN. Absolutely shocked and saddened by the news 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.”
James ‘Arg’ Argent added: “A true gentleman & a very kind man! RIP Mick.”
Mario Falcone wrote: “Shocked and heartbroken,” with a broken heart emoji. He added: “RIP my friend. You were the perfect gentlemen and I am thankful I got the privilege of having you in my life.”
Appearing on Friday’s edition of Lorraine, Mark Wright wants people to reach out if they are going through a rough time.
He said: “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.”
The footballer added: “If you know anyone who is down just talk to them. If you are feeling down talk to a family member or friend.”