Heavy D’s CBB housemate Stephen Bear ‘gutted’ as he pays heartbreaking tribute
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Stephen Bear said he was "gutted" as he paid tribute to Heavy D following his death.
The pair lived together in the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2016, and Heavy – real name Colin Newell – made a big impact on the reality star.
Bear, who won the series, took to Instagram after the sad news broke to remember his friend.
Sharing a picture of them both from their time in the CBB house, Bear penned: "I’m gutted . The funniest and most genuine person you would ever meet . Always laughing and had such a kind heart .
"Always wanted to make sure everyone was ok and when you was down he would come over make sure your ok. Had the pleasure to live with you but now I feel was there something I could of done It’s always the real ones that leave too early .
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"Rip my brother . See you soon @heavydboom"
Bear's fans offered him support.
One commented: "Thoughts are with you Bear … hopefully he has found peace and light"
Another wrote: "He made me laugh you guys together was tv good will never forget him rest in peace big man"
The duo spent time in the famous house with Christopher Biggins, Chloe Khan, Marnie Simpson, Lewis Bloor, and Frankie Grande, among others.
Heavy has died at age 43
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Bear won that series of CBB
Heavy, who rose to fame on Storage Hunters, died this week at the age of 43.
His friend Nick Nevern confirmed the tragedy, writing on Twitter : "I’m very shocked & saddened to hear of the passing of my friend @HeavyHeavyd.
"u lived ur life the way u wanted to & f**k anyone who didn’t like it! U always brought a smile to my face bro & lifted any room you where in. #RIPHeavyD."
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It's said Heavy was missing before his death
His cause of death is not yet known, but Mirror Online understands he died after "going missing" for a fortnight.
His brother Patrick Newell said he'd been searching for his brother for two weeks before his death.
He had not posted on social media since November 14.