THE sister of former Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs has said the family’s world is “shattered apart” by his sudden death.
The 27 year old former Leeds Metropolitan University student, who ran a communications firm on the Isle of Man, was found dead at an address in the island’s capital Douglas at about 9am on Thursday.
Police are investigating his “sudden and unexpected” death, but a spokeswoman said there was nothing “to indicate that his death is criminally suspicious”.
She added: “Police again confirm that at this time there is nothing obvious to indicate the cause of his untimely death and inquiries will continue. The police request that consideration is given to the privacy of the family and friends at this difficult time.”
At 21, Baggs was the youngest candidate when he appeared on the BBC One show in 2010. He was knocked out at the interviews stage and the series was eventually won by Stella English, but he became a cult favourite with his steady stream of catchphrases and his description of himself as “Baggs the brand.”
His sister Charlotte paid tribute in a post on Facebook.
She wrote: “Today my dearest brother Stuart Baggs gained his wings. To say we are all shocked and devastated is an understatement.
“Love him or hate him, he touched many people’s lives from his TV antics to his amazing work with Bluewave Communications.”
She added: “He was the biggest character and will leave the biggest hole behind. Not knowing what or why makes it all the harder.
“Can’t explain how proud I am of him. He was the king of following his dreams and making them happen.”
Past and present stars of the popular show took to social media to express their shock at the entrepreneur’s death.
The series boss Lord Sugar said: “Terrible news Stuart Baggs has died. My sincere condolences to his family and friends RIP one of the stand out characters of The Apprentice.”