Mark Wright sent his condolences to Kirk Norcross and his family on Friday, paying tribute to the late Mick Norcross on Lorraine.
Mick, 57, who owned the legendary Sugar Hut nightclub in Essex, was discovered at his home in Bulphan, Essex, at 3.15pm on Thursday.
Essex police confirmed the sad news and said his death is not being treated as suspicious.
Hosting a number of the show's events, the businessman was a regular on TOWIE, with his son Kirk starring on the series from 2010 to 2013.
During Mark's appearance on the ITV show, presenter Lorraine Kelly made reference to the sad news, sending her thoughts to the Norcross family.
She said: "I do have to say to you though, there was some terribly sad news this morning about your very good friend Mick, who sadly has died. Mick Norcross from TOWIE.
"The times just now are so tough, I know that's hit all of you who really loved him. I know it's hit you hard."
Mark, 34, added that while he wasn't close with Mick, he remembered the businessman as a true gentleman.
He said: "I knew Mick quite well. I wasn't very close to him, so I'm not going to spend too long talking about it.
"I just want to send my condolences and my love to the family. Kirk obviously must be just broken-hearted.
"What I did know of Mick, he was such a gentleman, such a nice guy. He was always so welcoming at his club."
The reality star also urged viewers to speak with their loved ones about mental health, highlighting the importance of openness and communication during the lockdown.
He added: "It's so sad. If you know anyone out there today I think the message is 'just talk'.
"If you're feeling down, just talk to a friend, talk to a family member. Cause we hear this too often now.
"That's what these kind of things and situations that hit me most, they hit hardest. You think that maybe somebody could have spoken."
Lorraine finished the conversation, adding: "I understand. We just want to send our love to the family. It's absolutely horrific."
Lorraine airs on weekday at 9am on ITV.
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- Lorraine Kelly
- Mark Wright
- Mick Norcross
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