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Kirk Norcross sheds tears as he remembers the day his father Mick died by suicide

Kirk Norcross has revealed his father’s death by suicide to raise awareness about men who may be suffering from depression.

The TV personality talked about his father during an appearance on Loose women today (January 20).

Norcross’s father – colleague The only way is Essex star Mick Norcross – was found dead at his home in Essex, England, on January 21, 2021.

Speaking of the upcoming anniversary of Mick’s death, Norcross said: “It’s weird. I don’t know if people will understand. It was the fastest year ever and the slowest year ever. ”

He continued: “I really don’t think I have [come to terms with his death]. I can talk about it freely and I shouldn’t, but maybe this is how I grieve right now. ”

Norcross also details the events that led to his father’s death.

“I lived next to my father, I was with him the night before,” he recalls. “That morning, I was having breakfast, and he did what he usually does, which is to get some food off my plate. And he’s fine. He actually gave me his next business strategy and I said, ‘That’s great, if that’s what you want to do.’ That afternoon he committed suicide.”

The 33-year-old continued: “I was at home, having lunch, and I got a call from my dad’s partner saying, ‘I can’t find your dad.’ And I don’t know why, even though I saw him that morning, I know what happened.

Mick Norcross attends the premiere of ‘The Expendables 2’ on August 13, 2012 in London, England

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“We knew he was in the house, he locked himself in the house and I broke the door. I found him… I gave him CPR. I tried my best. I knew he was gone, I knew the moment I saw him. ”

Norross described the moment as “surreal”, adding: “It felt like my life was over but I had so much to do at once.”

After realizing that Mick was dead, Norcross said he “layed down with my father and told him it was time to rest”.

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He revealed he was diagnosed with PTSD “because I had flashbacks about how I found my father,” adding that he calls his friends whenever they happen.

Norcross says he tried to take his own life years ago because “I didn’t think I had a purpose then.”

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“It was difficult,” he said. “I am a recovering drug addict and I am not ashamed to say that I relapsed when my father passed away, a day later. It’s just to numb my pain but I’ll be sober in a few days after nine months. ”

Norcross says that in reflection, he was able to identify signs that his father was considering taking his own life.

“That’s why I want to continue [the show]. The signs are very sophisticated, but if people pay attention, they can help,” he said.

“My dad would get up to shower, get dressed, he was a decent guy but during the time he was locked up he only wore one tracksuit all day, but I think it was just a zipper. stop.”

Norcross appeared on Loose women to support ITV’s Stand By Your Men campaign, which encourages men to speak up if they are struggling with their mental health.

If you are going through feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, the Samaritans are supportive; you can speak to someone for free by phone, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email jo@samaritans.org or visit the Samaritans website to find details of a nearest branch your most.

If you live in the United States and you or someone you know needs mental health support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Helpline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are in another country, you can go to www.befrienders.org to find a helpline near you.

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