KERRY Katona has been left devastated at the news her ex-husband has died suddenly aged 39.
We take a look at the life of George Kay and his cause of death.
3 Kerry Katona’s ex-husband George Kay has died aged 39Credit: Rex Features
Who was George Kay?
George Kay was 39-years-old and hailed from Warrington.
Before he came into the spotlight, he had a pro rugby career that ended in France in 2004.
He blamed the lack of money he was making from the sport for leading him down a dark path that resulted in three and a half years in prison for blackmail.
3 George with Kerry and their daughter Dylan-Jorge
How did George Kay die?
On July 7, 2019 it was revealed that George had passed away from a suspected drug overdose.
He was found collapsed at home and taken to hospital but doctors were unable to save him.
His tearful brother, who did not give his name told The Sun: “We just heard he has passed away. We’re all in shock. We don’t know much.”
George’s mum was also at the house in Warrington, Cheshire, where he lived. A source said: “It is no secret that George had experienced problems with drugs.”
Kerry was reportedly told of George’s death yesterday afternoon and is “devastated”.
A friend told the Mirror: “Kerry is heartbroken, he’s DJ’s dad and she loved him once.
“She can’t bear the thought of explaining to her daughter what has happened.”
3 George with Kerry and her five kidsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
When did George Kay met Kerry Katona?
George met Kerry, 38, as teenagers, but started dating in 2012 after bumping into each other in Warrington.
They married in September 2014, five months after she had their daughter Dylan-Jorge, now five years old.
When Kerry and George wed, he became step-dad to his new wife’s four children.
In October 2015 ex-Atomic Kitten singer Kerry announced they had split, alleging the one-time Warrington Wolves winger assaulted her.
The pair divorced in 2017.
Kerry Katona and George Kay are all smiles as they discuss their relationship in 2013 Loose Women interview