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Kerry Katona’s ex George Kay ‘died after eating cocaine’

Kerry Katona’s ex-husband George Kay ‘died after eating cocaine at the Holiday Inn’ as it’s revealed police watchdog are investigating

  • George Kay, 39, reportedly died after eating ‘a quantity of cocaine’ at the Holiday Inn in Cheshire on Saturday, July 6
  • The Rugby league star’s death is now being investigated by a police watchdog
  • Cheshire Police confirmed they were called out to the hotel over reports of concern for his safety 
  •  Kay was married to the Atomic Kitten singer for three years from 2014 to 2017

Kerry Katona’s ex-husband George Kay, 39, reportedly died after eating ‘a quantity of cocaine’ at the Holiday Inn hotel in Sutton Weaver, Runcorn, Cheshire.

The former Rugby league star’s death is now being investigated by police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct. 

A source told the Liverpool Echo, George was said to have been ‘acting erratically’ the night before he tragically died on Saturday, July 6. 

Tragic: Kerry Katona’s ex-husband George Kay, 39, reportedly died after eating ‘a quantity of cocaine’ at the Holiday Inn hotel in Sutton Weaver, Runcorn, Cheshire (pictured 2013)

Cheshire Police were called out to the hotel on the Friday night over a report of concern for his safety.  

Officers attended at 9.54pm, on July 5, and spoke to staff so he could remain at the Holiday Inn overnight.

The Liverpool Echo stated those working at the hotel went to check on George at 10am on Saturday morning and found him ‘eating a large amount of suspected cocaine’.

Former couple: Katona married Kay in September 2014, months after giving birth to Dylan-Jorge however the couple divorced in 2017 (pictured in February)

The police and the North West Ambulance service were called, with George being taken to Warrington General Hospital for treatment, where he died. 

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: ‘At 9.54pm on Friday, July 5, police received a report of concern for the safety of a 39-year-old man at a hotel on Wood Lane, Sutton Weaver.

‘Officers attended and spoke to the man, as well as hotel staff. All parties agreed that he could remain at the hotel.

‘At 10.11am on Saturday, July 6, police received a further report of concern for the man’s safety.

‘Due to the information provided the caller was advised to contact North West Ambulance Service for assistance.

Tragic: George, who had a long history of drug abuse, was  pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital on Saturday  (pictured September 2015)

‘Paramedics attended the hotel and the man was taken to Warrington General Hospital for treatment, where he sadly later died. 

‘The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner. 

‘As with any death following police contact, Cheshire Constabulary has referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.’ 

Staff are said to have been offered counselling following the traumatic incident.

MailOnline has gone to Kerry’s representatives and the Holiday Inn for further comment. 

Cheshire Police Statement In Full 

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: ‘At 9.54pm on Friday, July 5, police received a report of concern for the safety of a 39-year-old man at a hotel on Wood Lane, Sutton Weaver.

‘Officers attended and spoke to the man, as well as hotel staff. All parties agreed that he could remain at the hotel.

‘At 10.11am on Saturday, July 6, police received a further report of concern for the man’s safety.

‘Due to the information provided the caller was advised to contact North West Ambulance Service for assistance. 

‘Paramedics attended the hotel and the man was taken to Warrington General Hospital for treatment, where he sadly later died.

‘The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

‘As with any death following police contact, Cheshire Constabulary has referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.’ 

Katona’s former partner is father to her youngest daughter Dylan-Jorge, five, and the mother-of-five is ‘heartbroken’ over his death, according to The Sun.   

A source close to Katona told the publication: ‘Kerry was told George suffered an overdose and was taken to hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.’

‘No one yet knows what he overdosed on or whether it was intentional or an accident.

‘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.’

MailOnline contacted Kay and Katona’s representative’s for comment at the time. 

Children: Kerry is a doting mother to five – she has two daughters with ex Westlife partner Brian McFadden Molly, 16, and Lilly-Sue, 14. She also shares Heidi, 10, and Maxwell, nine, with second husband Mark Croft (pictured in May 2017)

The Atomic Kitten star shared a clip of Dylan-Jorge moving to the emotional track by Todrick Hall who sings about being ‘here today and gone tomorrow’.

The mother-of-five’s followers inundated the post’s comment section with their sympathies – many referring to the heartbreaking lyrics. 

Vanessa Broster wrote: ‘So sad for her and you. The irony what she was dancing to. Rip George.’ 

It is unclear whether Dylan-Jorge knew of her father’s death at the time of either the recording or posting of the video.   

Just weeks before his death, George, who had a long history of drug abuse, shared an image of himself and Dylan-Jorge on his Facebook page alongside the caption: ‘Daddy loves you always xxx.’


His daughter: The Atomic Kitten star shared a clip of five-year-old Dylan-Jorge moving to the emotional track by Todrick Hall who sings about being ‘here today and gone tomorrow’

Katona married Kay in September 2014, months after giving birth to Dylan-Jorge however the couple divorced in 2017. 

There had reportedly been a restraining order issued keeping George away from Katona at the time of his death. 

Kay and Katona initially met during their teenage years at at Padgate High School in Warrington where they were childhood sweethearts.

The former couple rekindled their romance during their thirties while Katona was on her book tour for Too Much Too Young and Kay worked as her security guard.  

During their three-year marriage Kay battled mental health issues and Katona later claimed that he had been violent towards her throughout their relationship. 

She previously split from him in October 2015 after thirteen months together and a month later appeared in court accusing him of beating her up at their home, after allegedly arming himself with a Taser-style device and a knife. 

‘Love you always’: Just weeks before his death, George shared an image of himself and Dylan-Jorge on his Facebook page alongside the caption: ‘Daddy loves you always xxx’

However he was later acquitted after prosecutors revealed that they didn’t have enough evidence to secure a conviction.

A matter of months later, the pair first sparked reconciliation rumours when they were spotted out together with their daughter Dylan-Jorge. 

The couple were so determined to make their relationship work and appeared on the reality show In Therapy last year to talk through their issues and even blissfully renewed their wedding vows in November 2016.

Speaking shortly after the reconciliation, Kerry insisted to OK! magazine that George ‘wasn’t a monster’ and they both had ‘fiery tempers’.

She explained: ‘There was never a restraining order, that was reported incorrectly.’ 

‘He was allowed to come and pick up DJ when he wanted. I’ve never felt threatened. I’ve been no angel in this either. I can get angry and mad, too’, she added. However, the pair officially called it quits and divorced in 2017.

Kerry is a doting mother to five – she has two daughters with ex Westlife partner Brian McFadden Molly, 16, and Lilly-Sue, 14.

She also shares Heidi, 10, and Maxwell, nine, with second husband Mark Croft.

Former couple: Katona married Kay in September 2014, months after giving birth to Dylan-Jorge however the couple divorced in 2017 (pictured in May 2015)

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