Saturday 19 August 2017

Alan Sugar leads tribute to Apprentice star Stuart Baggs following his death at 27

Stuart Baggs
Pic: BBC
Stuart Baggs Pic: BBC
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Former BBC Apprentice star Stuart Baggs has been found dead at his home in the Isle of Man.

The 27-year-old's body was found by police after they received a call asking them to attend a property on Central Promenade in Douglas at 9am this morning.

The death was "sudden and unexpected" but there was nothing "to indicate that his death is criminally suspicious", a police spokeswoman said.

She added: "Following the earlier information provided by the police regarding the discovery of a body at an address in Douglas, police can now confirm that the man is Stuart Mark Alden Baggs, 27 years of age.

"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."

Baggs was the youngest ever candidate when he appeared on the BBC One show in 2010, at 21 years old.

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".

During the series, he became famous for his one liners which included "Everything I touch turns to sold" and "I'm Stuart Baggs the brand".

The presenter of The Apprentice 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."

Baggs, who recently turned 27, gave an interview to Isle of Man newspapers last week about his latest scheme to bring 4G broadband to the island.

Talking to the paper about his career, he said: "I work, as my hair will tell you, at least 18 hours a day. I sleep for four hours religiously, I would not have it any other way, like Margaret Thatcher."

He said that work gave him "a buzz", adding: "As to the future we are already working on that."

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