Mick Norcross inquest: Death ruled as suicide after son Kirk smashed windows to get to him

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Mick Norcross, who rose to fame on The Only Way Is Essex, died aged 57 back in January. Family members, including his son Kirk, grew concerned about his whereabouts and went to his home in Bulphan, Essex, where he was found dead. 

At his inquest today, a post-mortem report concluded that Mick, The Sugar Hut nightclub owner, died by hanging.

A toxicology exam found there was nothing to suggest he was under the influence of anything, other than his own medication for diabetes.

Mick’s partner said she last saw him alive at 1.36pm when he walked out of his office.

Inspector Armstrong told the court that his family were later seen looking through the windows of his residency.

Armstrong said: “At 14:46hrs they entered house including Kirk. A ladder was used by Kirk to look in bedroom window.

“Kirk runs past the office and reappears holding something apparently hammer was going to be used to force entry by smashing windows.

“At 15.01hrs, the family enter the pool house and 15.03 exits. They appeared to be upset on exit.”

The hearing was also told that Mick told his partner he didn’t think he could get through his investment troubles the night before his death.

It is believed he was “under pressure” due to some property work he was involved in.

Coroner Lincoln Brookes suggested that “financial worries seemed to be at the forefront of his mind”, to which Inspector Armstrong agreed.

The latter added to the court: “He shared with his partner he may have intentionally taken too much insulin before hand and may have done so deliberately and ended up going hospital to get it checked out.”

The inspector confirmed there was prescribed insulin medication in his home, as he was type 2 diabetic.

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In a statement read by the coroner, Kirk said he had seen changes in his dad’s behaviour during lockdown.

He is quoted as saying: “During first lockdown in March 2020 I noticed my dad change. He always used to be early riser, drink tea in morning and watch the news and have shower.

“He would always be around family, we were always close. He had positive mindset. He began having lie ins sleeping until 9am and he seemed down and depressed and seemed to have black cloud over his head.

“It was the time my father should have been retiring. He would never discuss feelings but we were very close and always knew when we were down.

“Moments when he was himself were short lived. He has been this way since lockdown.”

Kirk’s statement continued: “One thing I noticed was that he was always down and deflated. He would show zero interest.

“I remember having a conversation with mum telling her dad wasn’t himself. I wouldn’t say my father had any mental health issues he was never diagnosed with depression to my knowledge.

“My father on occasions would make passing comments saying ‘this money is not worth this agg’, ‘I’m better offing myself’. I just thought he was joking or figure if speech. I never thought he would do anything.

“I wouldn’t describe it as cry for help. Financial issue was the only issue going on in my father’s life at the time so I put the behaviour down to this.

“I never thought he would not profit from the developments. I knew it was bothering my father but I always thought he would still profit from the works and then he would be back to his normal self. The behaviour continued until the day he died.”

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