The reality star, 27, shared his pain via an emotional Instagram post after Ricky Batchelor and Daniel Rowland from Benfleet and East London, passed away.
The pair were found nearly five hours after their BMW left the road and smashed into a tree on Sunday near a peaceful seaside village. Emergency services were called to the scene at Point Clear Road, in St Osyth, at about 6.15am.
Heartache: TOWIE’s Tommy Mallet has paid tribute to two ‘clean-hearted’ friends after they passed away in a late-night horror crash on Sunday
It is thought the BMW the men, aged in their 30s, were travelling in may have hit the tree near the junction of Cow Lane at about 1.30am.
Tommy, who is one of the lead characters on TOWIE and also has a successful trainer brand, paid tribute to Ricky and Daniel on his Instagram page three days ago.
In a post liked by more than 6,000 followers, he wrote: ‘Speechless! Two clean hearted friends taken way to soon. Life’s crazy. Will never forget the time and effort you gave my mum and dad over the years.’
Heartache: The reality star, 27, shared his pain via an emotional Instagram post after Ricky Batchelor and Daniel Rowland from Benfleet and East London, passed away
One tribute left in the comments section read: ‘these 2 beautiful young men taken far to soon ricky so many good memories you left us with me and mark will miss you so much we will never ever forget you rip boy love you.
‘Danny you was probably the nicest fella i have ever known so respectful and caring it was a honour to call you our friend dan i use to say to you if my boys turn out like you id be very proud i really meant that rip dan love you’.
Floral tributes have been left in St Osyth along with two bottles of Jack Daniels and cards. The crash is said to have left the seaside village in shock.
Pained: One tribute left in the comments section by pal Beverley Groom described Daniel as ‘probably the nicest fella I have ever known’
A spokesman for St Osyth Parish Council said: ‘The council was shocked and saddened to learn of the fatal collision.
‘The thoughts of the parish council and residents are with the families and friends of the two young men who tragically lost their lives.
‘The parish council fully supports the appreciation of Essex Police for the understanding and patience shown by the many residents and holidaymakers who were affected by the closure of the road.’