Celebrity Big Brother star Heavy D has died at the age of 43.
A friend of the larger than life reality star, real name Colin Newell, confirmed he had passed away this week after “going missing” for a fortnight.
A family member told the Mirror Colin had vanished for two weeks before his death.
His pal Nick Nevern tweeted: “I’m very shocked & saddened to hear of the passing of my friend @HeavyHeavyd.
“u lived ur life the way u wanted to & f**k anyone who didn’t like it! U always brought a smile to my face bro & lifted any room you where in. #RIPHeavyD.”
The TV personality was a devoted Arsenal fan and regularly gave interviews on AFTV.
Channel bosses have paid tribute online.
No more details about his death have been made available.
He continued to be active on social media up until almost two weeks ago and posted his last tweet on November 14.
Heavy D was best known for appearing on Storage Wars before his stint on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016.
He took part alongside stars including Stephen Bear, Lewis Bloor, Chloe Khan, Marnie Simpson and Samantha Fox.
Heavy D was the fourth to be evicted with Stephen Bear going on to win.
Before finding fame, he worked as a cab driver and a market stall salesman and had been an aspiring actor after a two-year course at the Young Actors Theatre.
Heavy D became a dad in 2017 when his on/off girlfriend Bryony Harris gave birth to a daughter.
They had been engaged but split over Christmas 2016 before getting back together.
In recent years, Heavy D appeared to have had a tough time.
He appeared on an episode of Judge Rinder in 2018 to address a dispute with his landlord.
The landlord claimed the reality star had caused £5,000 of damage to his property, while Heavy D denied the amount and demanded £8,000 for loss of earnings caused by a negative story the owner had sold to the press.
During the show, Judge Rinder asked why he was not able to pay for two months rent despite his celebrity status.
Heavy D explained he had been struggling to find work after CBB.
He told Judge Rinder: “The work had dried up.
“I came out of Big Brother. I thought there was going to be loads of work. My agent couldn’t get me any work and the work just dried up.”