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The Only Way Is Essex star Mick Norcross' cause of death has been confirmed as his inquest gets underway.
The TV personality, who owned the Sugar Hut nightclub in Essex, was found dead in his home in Bulphan, Essex on January 21st, aged just 57.
In an Essex Coroner's Court inquest hearing, which took place virtually on Wednesday morning, it was revealed that Mick was found in the basement of his home.
A post-mortem on 26th January revealed that Mick's cause of death was hanging, or suspension by ligature.
Coroner's officer Sarah Lee said: "Mr Norcross was found hanging in the basement of his home. Paramedics attended and sadly pronounced him dead.
"Police attended, all protocols were followed, and his death was confirmed as non-suspicious."
The inquest has now been adjourned until the 22nd July.
Prior to his death, Mick - who is father to TOWIE's Kirk Norcross - shared a tragic final post on Twitter on 21st January.
"At the end remind yourself that you did the best you could. And that is good enough," it read.
He first appeared on The Only Way Is Essex during the show's second series in 2011 alongside Kirk.
Mick left the show in 2013, claiming his business's involvement in the programme had damaged its reputation.
Following the news of his death, tonnes of TOWIE stars have flocked to pay tributes to him on social media.
Mario Falcone told fans he was "shocked and heartbroken," adding: "RIP my friend. You were the perfect gentlemen and I am thankful I got the privilege of having you in my life".
Meanwhile, Gemma Collins posted a picture of herself and Mick on Instagram with the caption: "ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN. absolutely shocked and saddened by the news. my thoughts and prayers are going out to Kirk family and friends absolutely tragic.
"The memories of the early days the sugar hut and the wonderful filming parties you put on will never be forgotten. you never know what someone is going through you was one of the good guys."
Mark Wright wrote: "RIP Mick N. 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. such sad news".
Anyone affected by Mick's story or if you are struggling in any way, call Samaritans for free on 116 123 or visit their website here.
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