TOWIE star Kirk Norcross found his father Mick dead at family’s Essex home, inquest hears


‘He changed during lockdown. I knew I was going to lose my dad’: TOWIE star Kirk Norcross smashed into family’s Essex home with a hammer to find his father Mick dead inside, as inquest hears celebrity was depressed and running out of money

  • Mr Norcross was found dead in his home in Brentwood Road, Bulphan in January
  • Ex-Sugar Hut owner was battling £2m-plus of debt from various developments 
  • Kirk smashed his way in with a hammer and found him dead in his wine cellar 
  • Star feared Mick could kill himself and rushed over when he couldn’t contact him
  • He said: ‘I went to see a friend and I told him I have a feeling I might lose my dad this week. I don’t know why I told him I just felt it in my head’

TOWIE star Kirk Norcross found his father Mick hanged in his Essex mansion after smashing his way in through windows with a hammer having predicted the suicide a week earlier because of money worries and the stress of lockdown, an inquest heard today. 

Mr Norcross, who had been the beloved owner of the Essex nightclub Sugar Hut, was found dead in his home in Brentwood Road, Bulphan in January this year aged 57.

His death led to an outpouring of grief from his family, friends and fellow TOWIE stars who revealed he had been depressed and was losing huge sums in various property developments.

Kirk told the coroner at the Chelmsford inquest today that he had prayed for his father and even bought him some lottery scratchcards to give him ‘hope’ he could beat financial problems that saw him owe more than £2million in loans and other debts. 

His son also said that Mick ‘changed’ during the first Covid-19 lockdown, saying: ‘He seemed down and depressed and seemed to have black cloud over his head’.  

Kirk even predicted to a friend that his father might end his life and said: ‘I might lose my dad this week’, having heard his dad tell partner Samantha Keahey: ‘I don’t think I am going to get through this Sam’.

And Mick tweeted: ‘At the end remind yourself that you did the best you could. And that is good enough’, hours before his death in his wine cellar.

TOWIE’s Mick Norcross was seen beaming next to his son Kirk in his final picture, taken three weeks before he was been found dead aged 57. Kirk found his father dead, today’s inquest heard, where he described his father’s mental health problems during lockdown

Police outside the mansion home of Mick Norcross where he was found dead in January. His sonb smashed his way in with a hammer after failing to get hold of him

Police outside the mansion home of Mick Norcross where he was found dead in January. His sonb smashed his way in with a hammer after failing to get hold of him

Heartbreaking: Mick is pictured with his girlfriend Samantha Keahey

Heartbreaking: Mick is pictured with his girlfriend Samantha Keahey

Heartbreaking: Mick is pictured with his girlfriend Samantha Keahey. Mick apparently told her: ‘I don’t think I am going to get through this Sam’ as he worried about loans and debts

Kick said in a statement: ‘I went to see a friend and I told him I have a feeling I might lose my dad this week. I don’t know why I told him I just felt it in my head.

‘I bought two scratch cards on the way back for my father with hope. I went and prayed for my father. I then had a nap and woke up and I had two missed calls from dad’s partner and text asking where Mick was. I saw family looking at window in house my dad lived in. His partner said dad seemed fine before.’ 

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