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Gemma Collins has shared an emotional tribute to the late Mick Norcross after he was tragically found dead on 21 January aged 57.
The 39 year old, who was recently warned her dad "might not make it" but insists he'll be "home soon" amid his Covid-19 battle, took to her Instagram feed to post a sweet photo of herself and Mick for her 2million followers to see.
The snap sees the blonde beauty wearing an all black ensemble as she leans in to speak to the nightclub owner as he smiles to the camera.
In the caption, she wrote: "ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN," with a broken heart emoji.
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She continued: "absolutely shocked and saddened by the news [broken heart emoji] my thoughts and prayers are going out to Kirk family and friends absolutely tragic #ripmicknorcross [sic]
The reality star, who enjoyed a brief romance with Mick back in 2011, went on: "the memories of the early days the sugar hut and the wonderful filming parties you put on will never be forgotten," [sic] with another broken heart emoji.
Before singing off, Gemma added: "you never know what someone is going through you was one of the good guys," [sic] with a sad face emoji.
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Mick, father of former TOWIE star Kirk, is believed to have died in non suspicious circumstances. His body was reportedly 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.
"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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A source revealed to OK! that "there were lots of ambulances outside [Mick’s] house". They added that "If this is true, it’s so sad".
On the morning of 21 January, nightclub owner Mick poignantly tweeted: "At the end remind yourself that you did the best you could. And that is good enough."
Worried fans asked the 57 year old if he was alright and replied to his tweet with broken hearted emojis sensing something was wrong.
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Mario Falcone, who was among the original members of the TOWIE cast alongside Mark Wright and Lucy Mecklenburgh, added his own broken hearted emoji in reply. Mario also tweeted that he was "shocked and heartbroken" at the tragic news.
Meanwhile Ex On The Beach Star Jess Impiazzi and Elliott Wright also replied with broken heart emojis.
Another follower, Mark Hassell wrote: "I truly can’t believe this. It is so sad. He was such an amazing man. Truly down to earth, welcoming and graceful. He always treated me so well."
Many other celebrity pals took to their social media feeds to pay tribute, too.
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