It is understood that Paul Gascoigne's 22-year-old nephew Jay Kerrigan has been found dead at a block of flats in Gateshead.
Police say a man's body was found at Warwick Court in the early hours of Saturday morning.
No one else is thought to be involved and police are preparing a report for the coroner.
Friends and family, including Paul Gascoigne, have posted emotional messages and tributes to the 22-year-old on social media.
Former Newcastle United and England star Paul Gascoigne has revealed he receives text messages asking if he's dead, because of his well-publicised battle with alcoholism.
The 48-year-old was recently pictured battered and bruised after suffering a relapse.
Gascoigne told Good Morning Britain that seeing the front-page images were a stark reminder of "how bad" he is when he suffers what he calls "a blip" in his fight with drink.
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A close friend of Paul Gascoigne said he was concerned it may have been too soon for the former Newcastle footballer to give interviews on his 'blip' with his recovery from alcoholism.
The football Newcastle United and England legend, who has had a drink problem for more than twenty years, gave an exclusive interview to Good Morning Britain about the support he has dealing with the illness.
Gascoigne said he is back to his best after he was recently pictured looking battered and bruised while suffering a relapse.
But his friend Steve Wraith, who is managing director of sporting promotion company Newcastle Legends, said although Gazza looked well he is worried that mentally he is still very raw.
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Speaking exclusively to ITV's Good Morning Britain, former Newcastle and England star Paul Gascoigne admitted recent pictures of him with cuts to his face were the result of him having suffered a 'blip' in his battle against alcoholism.
He said other that that he was 'really good' and the public has been 'brilliant' with him.
He joked that some people can't believe he is still alive, and he even gets text messages asking him if he's dead.
Celebrities and members of the public have been tweeting messages of support after former Newcastle and England footballer Paul Gascoigne appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain to talk about his recent relapse in his battle against alcoholism.
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@gazza8gascoigne just seen you on good morning. You are a legend. Keep up your fight. Don't let anyone bring you down x
Great to see Gazza looking so well on the tele this morning.Great interview @piersmorgan .Unbelievable man who has been through far too much
Gazza looks happy and healthy in first TV interview following recent relapse https://t.co/1j4AKaTpFc
The former Newcastle and England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been speaking to Good Morning Britain live this morning, and says he is "doing alright".
He appeared on the sofa just after 8.10am (WED).
Talking about recent photos of him in the papers, which showed him clutching a bottle of alcohol with cuts to his face, he admitted they were the result of a recent "blip" in his battle against alcoholism.
He went on to admit he found it hard to come to terms with the fact that he is "never allowed to get on with his illness" due to attention from the press.
He said he really wanted to stop drinking, and no longer blamed other people for his relapses as he tries to beat his addiction.
Talking to presenters Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan on the sofa, he said sometimes the temptation to drink was so overwhelming he just had to have "a drink" and "get it over with".
The 48-year-old went on to say that it was sometimes helpful to see pictures of him in the press after a relapse, as it "helps him realise how bad he is".
Speaking about the public's support he said they were 'brilliant' with him, and he even feels 'embarrassed' as a result of the all the support he has received.
He said there are "lots of people out there facing this battle on the streets that don't get the help and support that I do".
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