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Mick Norcross, former The Only Way Is Essex star, dies aged 57

Guardian staff and agency
<span>Photograph: ITV/Rex/Shutterstock</span>
Photograph: ITV/Rex/Shutterstock

The nightclub owner and former reality TV star Mick Norcross has died suddenly aged 57.

Norcross, the former owner of a Brentwood nightclub who was a cast member of ITV’s The Only Way Is Essex, died on Thursday afternoon. Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

Norcross – whose son Kirk was also a cast member – left the programme in 2013. The reality show had often filmed at his Sugar Hut venue. He sold the club in 2019 and was also a property developer.

Current and former stars of the show, as well as other celebrities, posted tributes to Norcross, with Gemma Collins sharing a picture of the two together on Instagram and saying he was “always a gentleman”.

“You never know what someone is going through,” she added. “You was one of the good guys.”

In a tweet, the boxing promoter Eddie Hearn described Norcross as “a gentleman”.

The TV chef James Martin said: “I have just heard the awful news of Michael Norcross … a true gentleman, who I had the pleasure to meet and spend evenings with over the years … so sad and my thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.”

Norcross’s Sugar Hut club confirmed the news on its official Twitter account with a statement that said: “So sad to hear the news today of the passing of Mr Sugarhut Micky Norcross. A very talented, friendly and fun guy, who made a huge mark on Brentwood.

“A true Essex legend who will be sorely missed, our condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.”

Shortly before his death, Norcross tweeted: “At the end remind yourself that you did the best you could.”

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