CELEBRITY Big Brother star Heavy D has died at the age of 43, a friend has confirmed.
The reality TV star – real name Colin Newell – first found fame after appearing on Storage Hunters.
Heavy became known for his catchphrase "Boom!" which he shouted after sealing a bid on the show.
He went on to take part in the 18th series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2016 and was the fourth person evicted from the show.
Actor Nick Nevern wrote on Twitter today: '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."
The 43-year-old last appeared in public posting videos of himself performing tarot card readings on Instagram last week.
The Arsenal fan was also a regular guest on fans' Youtube channel Arsenal Fan TV.
Fellow contributor Kelechi Anyikude said: "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 @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."
Before finding fame he worked as a cab driver and had also sold women's clothing as a market trader.
He has a three-year-old daughter called Rory.
The reality star split from fiance Bryony Anne Harris in 2016.
The couple had enjoyed a whirlwind romance which saw him propose to 21-year-old Bryony after just a month of dating.
The couple even got matching tattoos shortly after getting together.
The CBB star took his girlfriend onto Lizzie Cundy's radio show on FUBAR to pop the question.
He previously told The Sun Online that he credited his time on the show for winning over the YouTuber and following his eviction wooed her over a Nando’s date.
In recent years, he also appeared on ITV's Judge Rinder after failing to pay his former landlord £12,000 in rent for his North London flat.
Judge Rinder ruled Heavy D should pay £5,000 in damages.
In an interview he revealed he had struggled to find work after appearing in Celebrity Big Brother.
He said: "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."
The cause of death is not yet known.
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