George tragically died from a suspected drug overdose.

The Atomic Kitten star’s ex-husband was rushed to hospital after reportedly collapsing at home following an overdose. However, doctors were unable to save him and he tragically died at the age of just 39.

‘Kerry was told this afternoon that George suffered an overdose and was taken to hospital, but was declared dead on arrival,’ a source told The Sun.

Kerry and George met at Padgate High School in Warrington as teenagers, but didn’t start dating until 2012, when George started work as Kerry’s driver and security guard after Kerry divorced her second husband Mark Croft in 2011.

Kerry married the former Warrington Wolves rugby league player in 2014, six months after they welcomed their daughter Dylan-Jorge together. However, the pair went on to separate in 2017.

Kerry Katona and George Kay

‘Kerry is heartbroken,’ the source added. ‘He’s DJ’s dad and she loved him once. She can’t bear the thought of explaining to her daughter what has happened.’

Heartbreakingly, George had shared a picture of himself and his daughter on Instagram just weeks before he died, writing: ‘Daddy loves you always xxx.’

As well as Dylan-Jorge, Kerry has four other children – daughters Molly, 16, and Lilly-Sue, 14, with first husband Brian McFadden, and Heidi, 10, and Max, nine, with former taxi driver Mark.

Kerry and George are both thought to have suffered from mental health problems, with Kerry being diagnosed with bipolar disorder back in 2005 and George being detained under the Mental Health Act in 2014 and suffering a public meltdown in 2017. ‘For me that was the nail in the coffin,’ Kerry told The Mirror at the time. ‘I just thought, you’re a dad, have some self-control.’

Earlier this year, Kerry revealed that she was set to star in a ‘gritty’ new Northern drama, playing a mum of two boys. The news came after she teased fans with hints of an appearance in an upcoming episode of Hollyoaks, sparking excitement among her social media followers.

Our hearts go out to Kerry and Dylan-Jorge.