Celebrity Big Brother Star Heavy D Has Died, Aged 43
Celebrity Big Brother's Heavy D has died aged 43, his brother Patrick Newell has confirmed to the Mirror.
Heavy D - real name Colin Newell - was known for appearing on Storage Hunters as well as the reality show.
Patrick told the Mirror he had been desperately searching for his brother two weeks before Colin's death.
Heavy D's friend Nick Nevern also shared the new on Twitter.
Friend Nick Nevern tweeted: "I'm very shocked & saddened to hear of the passing of my friend @HeavyHeavyd."
Tributes have poured in for the TV personality.
Such sad news to hear of the passing of a good friend @HeavyHeavyd I had the pleasure and honour of meeting such a brilliant big hearted man:pray::heart: pic.twitter.com/Yef5LbjXbs
- Tish (@Lsimmonds49) November 25, 2020
I'm shocked to hear the sad news that my fellow Arsenal fan and analyst Heavy D has passed away today :cry:
We shared the same platform @aftvmedia for years and he always brought his positive vibes with him. My sincere condolences go to his family at this very sad time. #RIPHeavyD pic.twitter.com/PLLlRQqnEV
- Dr. Kelechi Anyikude (@KelechiAFC) November 25, 2020
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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
- CLAUDE AND THE BANSTA'S (@ClaudeBanstas) November 25, 2020
Heavy D was known for his devotion to Arsenal, regularly giving interviews and commenting on football account AFTV. The channel tweeted about the news of his death:
We are shocked to hear the sad news that Heavy D has passed away today. Our condolences go to his family at this very sad time. #RIPHeavyD
- AFTV (@AFTVMedia) November 25, 2020
A fan wrote: "I am actually shocked about this, I can't believe this, I'm lost for words R.I.P Heavy D."
Newell appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016, when he was the fourth housemate to leave.
He started his career in acting, appearing in adverts, but his loud, distinctive voice made a name for itself, with his catchphrase 'boom' making him known affectionately as The Boominator.
Newell was last seen on social media two weeks ago, posting on 14 November.
Heavy D became a dad in 2017 with Bryony Harris, who had a daughter. They were engaged but split up over Christmas 2016. He leaves behind 14-month-old Rory.
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