Celebrity Big Brother star Heavy D, real name Colin Newell, has died at the age of 47, after ‘going missing for two weeks’ – his cause of death is unknown.
The former Storage Hunters UK buyer had recently been in Essex after leaving London in recent years.
Today his ex girlfriend Bryony Harris, who had a child with him, said she was beside herself with grief.
She wrote: ‘Heartbroken. I loved this man we argued we hated each other but we had love at one point and a beautiful daughter rest in peace you silly thing.’
His actor friend Nick Nevern, 39, wrote: ‘I’m very shocked & saddened to hear of the passing of my friend @HeavyHeavyd. U lived ur life the way u wanted to & f*** anyone who didn’t like it!
‘U always brought a smile to my face bro & lifted any room you where in. #RIPHeavyD.’ [sic].
Heavy D is dead: The CBB star has passed away aged 47 ‘after going missing for two weeks’. His friend Nick Nevern said: ‘you lived your life the way you wanted’ (pictured in 2016)
‘You lifted any room’: Actor Nickm star of Rise Of The Footsoldier, shared this post on Twitter on Wednesday
A family friend told The Mirror: ‘Colin had been missing for two weeks before his death.’
Heavy D last posted on Instagram and Twitter on November 14, writing about boxing and hoping to meet a partner on a dating app.
MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for Heavy D for further information.
Heavy D, who weighed in at 23 stone, shot to fame after appearing as a buyer on the UK version of Storage Hunters.
In August 2016, he took part in the 18th series of Celebrity Big Brother but became the fourth person to be evicted from the show.
Doing his thing: The TV star, who weighed in at 23 stone, shot to fame after appearing as a buyer on the UK version of Storage Hunters
Family: The TV star has a daughter called Rory, 14 months, with his ex-girlfriend, Bryony Harris, 25, (pictured) who is 22 years his junior – but they were no longer together
He was also known by the nickname, The Boominator because ‘Boom’ was one of his catchphrases.
Heavy D was a huge Arsenal fan, and often appeared on ArsenalFanTV.
The football channel paid tribute to him on Twitter, writing: ‘We are shocked to hear the sad news that Heavy D has passed away today.
Last messages: Heavy D was last posting on Twitter on November 14 as he wrote about watching the boxing and hoping to find romance
‘Our condolences go to his family at this very sad time.’
Fellow star Kelechi Anyikude penned: ‘I’m shocked to hear the sad news that my fellow Arsenal fan and analyst Heavy D has passed away today.
‘We shared the same platform for years and he always brought his positive vibes with him. My sincere condolences go to his family at this very sad time. #RIPHeavyD.’
Heavy D has a daughter called Rory, 14 months, with his ex-girlfriend, Bryony, 25, who is 22 years his junior.
A force to be reckoned with: In August 2016, he took part in the 18th series of CBB but became the fourth person to be evicted from the show – Saira Khan was pictured giving him a lapdance
The couple were engaged but split on Christmas Day 2016 before briefly reuniting in February 2017 but split once again in August of that year.
The star sparked up a relationship with Bryony after she tracked him down on Twitter after falling for his boisterous personality on TV.
Heavy popped the question to Bryony live on Fubar radio in September 2016 – and was thrilled when she accepted his proposal.
The pair later engaged in a furious Twitter spat after he previously said he wanted to get a paternity test.
In August 2017, said: ‘Basically my ex who is 7 months pregnant who says i’m the father has basically just said I can’t have a DNA test, cant give me a reason why.
Friend: Actor Nick Nevern broke the sad news on Twitter on Wednesday (pictured arriving at the UK Premiere of Rise of the Footsoldier 3: The Pat Tate Story in October, 2017)
‘And we split up for a week before the ‘conception” and she went out and got steaming drunk with her mate. That’s and too close for comfort!!’
Tributes poured in for the TV star after the news broke.
Chloe Khan wrote: ‘I can’t believe what I have just read. I feel really saddened and weird. I got his twitter updates often and he seemed so full of life. Rest peacefully @HeavyHeavyd.’
And Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers wrote: ‘I don’t even know what to write I just feel weird. Life is a strange path. Sending love to his family.’
Other fans tweeted: ‘Sad to hear the news about Colin Heavy D. Larger than life character who I always got on with RIP BOOM
‘Always entertaining the people’: A few of Heavy D’s showbiz mates took to social media to express their sadness over his passing
‘Sad news’: Heavy D was a huge Arsenal fan, and often appeared on ArsenalFanTV – The football channel paid tribute to him on Twitter
Missed: Heavy’s AFTV co-star Kelechi Anyikude wrote about his ‘positive vibes’
‘RIP HEAVY D! I’m in so much shock! Win, lose or draw you would always have good energy on match days.
‘Im find this hard to take in my good friend HeavyD has passed away he was a great character and was there for me in difficult times R I P Colin. [sic]
‘Had the pleasure of meeting Heavy D at a charity do once. He was surprisingly down to earth, and VERY funny.
‘He was down to earth’: Fans took to Twitter in their droves to pay tribute to the star
‘R.I.P HEAVY D it’s mad as I see you doing boxing pads on your page just a week or so ago. REST IN POWER bigman.’
An American-Jamaican rapper who also went by the name Heavy D, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, died in 2011.
He was killed by a pulmonary embellism which caused a blood clot that following a flight from London to LA.
Same name: An American-Jamaican rapper who also went by the name Heavy D, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, died in 2011