News of 43-year-old Heavy D’s death was confirmed by his friend Nick Nevern on Twitter yesterday. It has since been said he was found dead by his brothers after a suspected heart attack, however a post-mortem is set to take place in the coming days to determine his cause of death.
The former Celebrity Big Brother star, real name Colin Newell, is said to have vanished after visiting his friend Lorna Onabanjo in Essex, on November 14.
The latter said she was the last person to see him alive after the pair enjoyed a night in with a few drinks, playing Monopoly and singing karaoke.
Lorna said her pal had been “feeling a bit down” but tried her best to “raise his spirits” during their recent time together.
“He went home and no one ever heard of him again,” she added.
A relative of Heavy D told The Sun the star’s death is a “mystery” and “there’s an investigation on whether it is linked to Covid”.
His agent also said medics are investigating the exact cause of death.
She told Express.co.uk: “There has been a lot of speculation on how Colin passed however, we have to wait until the post-mortem is done to find out the cause of his very sad passing.”
The reality star first found fame after appearing on Storage Hunters.
He became known for his catchphrase “Boom!” which he shouted after securing a bid on the show.
He went on to compete in the 18th series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2016.
Heavy D had also been a guest on Arsenal Fan TV.
Away from the cameras, he shares a young daughter with his ex-girlfriend Bryony Anne Harris.