George Kay Biography – George Kay Wiki
George Kay (born George Osaghae-Kay) was a former professional rugby league player and the ex-husband of reality star Kerry Katona. Kay played as a winger for Warrington Wolves but his professional career ended in France in 2004. He played rugby for Warrington U21’s and went on to play for Sale, Lancashire and Widnes. He was married to the Atomic Kitten star between 2014 and 2017. He had served three years of a six-year jail sentence in 2008 after being convicted for blackmail.
Kerry Katona Ex-Husband George Kay
Kerry and George met as teenagers at Padgate High School in Warrington where they were childhood sweethearts. They rekindled their romance in 2012, when George worked as a security guard on Kerry’s tour for her autobiographer, Too Much Too Young. They married in September 2014, five months after she gave birth to their daughter, Dylan-Jorge. The couple later divorced in 2017.
George had a long history of drug abuse and had battled mental health issues for many years. In October 2015 she confirmed that they had split, alleging he had assaulted her. He was arrested by police but charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence; Kerry had a restraining order out against him and it as thought he hadn’t seen his daughter in over a year.
Kerry discussed their marriage breakdown on Loose Women in 2018. She cited her and George’s mental health problems as the main reason behind their split.
“I think you get your relationship, at first you all pretend to be something you’re not and you fall in love then you see someone’s true colours, even my true colours come out as well,” she said.
“When someone has mental health problems, as I have – which I’ve been ridiculed for for eight years – it’s hard to walk away from somebody and I loved him, I didn’t want to walk away, I wanted to help him.”
Kerry added: “I’m not gonna sit here and place blame, I take responsibility, I allowed that situation to happen, I allowed that into my own life and I’ve only got myself to blame. I have to take them actions and deal with them and move on.”
George Kay Death
Kerry Katona’s ex-husband George Kay died on July 6 2019 at the age of 39. The former rugby league player was staying at the Holiday Inn in Sutton Weaver, Cheshire, when staff found him in his room crushing a ball of white powder inside a sock and “eating” the contents. He was taken to hospital but tragically died due to the excess effects of the toxic substance, Mirror reported.
A spokesman from Cheshire Police said in a statement: “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.”
An inquest into the death of George Kay was held on 10 August 2021 by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
Caroline Garcia, a hotel worker, told the hearing: “At around 7pm a colleague rang me to say there was a guest in the corridor making noise. I went to see what was going on and there was a strong, tall man speaking with another lady outside one of the rooms.
“I thought he was drunk or high and I dealt with the situation. He was not making any sense and said he was looking for someone to be his friend.
“I asked him for ID in order to find his room but he kept constantly saying he was looking for a friend. He was not rude but was not following instructions. I got him into a lift and we were there for around an hour. Another colleague of mine got him some water but he was having difficulty drinking the water.
“He asked if I would prepare cocaine for him, but I said I wouldn’t do that. He said there was a man in his room but we went to his room and we confirmed there was no one else there. He was refusing to go into the room and was saying it was not his.”
Barman Michael Hulme said: “Mr Kay was behaving in an erratic manner and the manager was present encouraging him to go back to his room. He was not a threat but he was unpredictable. He asked for cocaine and was told he couldn’t have it.
“We got him to his room and he appeared to be making no sense. He said he had family at the hotel, which we knew wasn’t the case and I saw some type of white powder in the bathroom which I thought might be cocaine.”
Luke Smith, a food and beverage supervisor at the hotel, said: “Mr Kay was agitated and annoyed with himself. He wanted to go into the room but it was as if something was stopping him. I was concerned about how he might have mental health issues.
“Whilst I was standing in the door, I saw white powder in the bathroom. The following morning he needed house keeping to let him back into his room. He pulled out a sock with a large ball and was sat in a chair. He caused the ball to crumble by crushing it and I believed it was drugs. Hr became very unwell, so we put him in the recovery position and called an ambulance.”
Manager Craig Ponsford said: “Mr Kay had been knocking on another guests door. He was behaving in a paranoid and erratic way. He said he was at the hotel for a family function, but we knew was wasn’t true. He kept saying he wanted someone to be his friend.
“We got him to his room and there was around 1/2 teaspoon of white powder in the bathroom. He had calmed down by now and seemed okay and asked for a pizza. I was asking police about on what grounds we could get him removed as I was concerned about his mental health. They said there was no grounds to get him removed.”
George Kay Cause of Death
George Kay’s cause of death was a drug overdose. The 39-year-old died after eating a ball of cocaine in front of hotel staff, an inquest heard. Cheshire Police said cocaine worth £100 with a high purity was found in his hotel room. Only two months before his death, he had been admitted to Warrington Hospital with drug induced psychosis, before being discharged the following day, and before that had also experienced a “minor heart attack” related to cocaine use, Liverpool Echo reported.
George Kay Daughter
George Kay and Kerry Katona share a daughter Dylan-Jorge, born in April 2014. Kay met Kerry when they were at school together 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 seven, but split in 2015 and divorced two years later.
George Kay Parents – George Kay Family
George Kay’s mother Hilary said: “He had taken recreational drugs from a young age and I was aware of his drug taking in May 2019. He had a social life which involves various celebrity friends and they would provide money and there was talk about helping him set up a business abroad. He took a trip to Australia to watch a Rugby tournament. He had a lovely time and was not taking any drugs or alcohol at that time. There has been occasions in the past where he had become agitated from his drug usage. He knew he had problems but he was a lovely lad who made friends easily. He was kind and would do anything to help anyone. He had personal difficulties which may have increased his drug taking.”
His brother, Ashley Kay, told an inquest into his death at Warrington Coroner’s Court, held at the Parr Hall: “The drugs taking increased during his time with his wife [Kerry Katona]. And it got significantly worse when he was stopped from seeing his child.”
George Kay Age
Kerry Katona’s ex-husband George Osaghae-Kay died on July 6 2019. He was 39 years old.