Mick Norcross, 57, found hanged, reveals inquest into TOWIE star and Sugar Hut owner's death
TRAGIC Towie star Mick Norcross was found hanged in the basement of his Essex home, an inquest heard today.
The businessman, 57, was discovered dead in Bulphan, Essex, at 3.15pm on January 21.
Mick had 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."
Essex Police confirmed at the time his death was not being treated as suspicious.
An inquest heard today how the tragic Sugar Hut owner was found hanged in his basement.
A post mortem into Mick's death gave the cause as "suspension by ligature", the brief hearing was told.
Toxicology tests have been carried out but the results were not read to the court in Essex today.
Assistant Coroner Michelle Brown revealed a detailed letter from a family member had been sent following the tragedy.
This will now form part of the full inquest later this year with mobile phone records also being investigated by police.
She said: “We are still waiting for the toxicology and post mortem reports, also I understand that mobile phone downloads and iPads are being looked into by the police.
“We also have a very detailed letter from a family member that we have made a request to see if there is anything additional in the live letter."
The inquest, carried out virtually to due Covid restrictions, was adjourned until July 22.
Mick joined the cast of Towie in the early series alongside his son Kirk, 32, Mark Wright and Lucy Mecklenburgh.
The popular TV celebrity caught the eye of Gemma Collins and the pair went out on dates during the early episodes.
He also dated fellow stars Chloe Sims and Maria Fowler.
But in 2013 he revealed he was leaving the show over fears it was damaging the image of his nightclub.
He told The Sun at the time: "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.
"I've had enough. I'm out."
He became a property developer after quitting the show and was given the green light to build a dream rural manor house in leafy Essex in 2018.
Mick became a grandad following the birth of his son Kirk's child.
Tributes from heartbroken former co-stars flooded in after the heartbreaking news was announced.
Gemma Collins said she was "absolutely shocked and saddened" by the news.
Sharing a photo of her and Mick, who she briefly dated, she wrote: "always a gentleman".
Mark Wright said Mick's death was "such sad news" as he posted a touching tribute.
The ex-Towie star said: "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."
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Towie's James Argent said Mick was "a true gentleman" and "very kind man," writing online: "Many amazing memories, so sad!
"My thoughts are with his family."
Sharing a photo on Instagram, Mick's former co-star Mario Falcone said the news was "very hard to accept," adding "I had so much respect and admiration for this man."
Referring to his own battle with depression, he said: “You were the only one from the whole show that reached out and cared about me.
"You were someone I looked up to and held in the highest regard. The thought of you going through the same pain and emotional darkness I did breaks my heart. You will be sorely missed by so many!”
Friend Jess Wright expressed her sadness at the shock news, writing: "Terribly terribly sad. Always such a gentleman and so kind.
"Devastated for him and his family. Sending love to them at this time."
The stars have been offered bereavement counselling to cope with Mick's shock death.
A source told The Sun Online: "Mick was so popular with everyone on set, not just in front of the cameras, but with the staff working behind the scenes too.
"Straight away Lime Pictures let everyone know that they have a counselling team on hand to help to offer them free bereavement counselling at this time. This is something they always do brilliantly.
"Everyone has been devastated by the news of his death. He was so charming and welcoming especially when it came to inviting everyone to his nightclub The Sugar Hut. He will be greatly missed."
An Essex Police spokesman said at the time: "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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