The former TOWIE star's pet Prince has sadly passed away after going missing

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Joey Essex has emotionally revealed that his beloved cat Prince has died.

The reality star is heartbroken at the news, which comes after the pet went missing a few days ago, and has paid tribute to Prince in a touching post on social media.

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‘Loved this cat. My little baby Prince. Rest In Peace,’ Joey, 25, captioned an old photo of him cuddling the cat on Instagram.

‘… I’ll miss you forever’

Loved this cat. My little baby Prince. Rest In Peace ❤️ … I'll miss you forever

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Joey also shared the picture with his Twitter fans and said he would love the animal ‘always’.

The former TOWIE favourite had spent several days searching for the beautiful Bengal cat after he went missing on Friday.

Joey reached out to his followers to help him, telling them in a Tweet: ‘My cat @PrinceEssex has got lost again or stolen. I have been looking for him all morning. Please help find him <3’

The TV star was spotted out searching for the animal on Saturday and appeared worried as he looked all over the street. He even stood on a bin to get a better view of the bushes in case Prince was hidden there.

A concerned Joey continued to post photos and reminders about Prince’s disappearance over the course of the next few days and as recently as Sunday had asked Tweeters to help him find the cat.

But sadly the news came last night that Joey’s much-loved mog had been found dead.

The Essex boy had always adored his pet since becoming his owner in 2014 and often posted snaps of him on social media.

Prince even has his own Twitter account and was popular with Joey’s fans, having amassed a whopping 23,000 followers, so his passing has been met with great sadness by many.

‘sorry to hear, always devastating when you lose a pet,’ one follower commented, whilst another wrote: ‘this has made me so sad 🙁 I’m sorry joey’

RIP Prince – our thoughts are with Joey at this sad time.

Anna Francis