‘Love Island’: Why the Death of Mike Thalassitis is Prompting the Cast to Seek Help

Tragedy struck the Love Island family on Friday, as former contestant Mike Thalassitis was found dead. The star died in his hometown of Essex in England. It is being reported that the reality star took his own life.

The 26-year-old’s death shocked fans and his former castmates, alike. Thalassitis was known as the hunk who came to shake things up on his season of Love Island. His good looks and go-for-it attitude caused more than just a few heads to turn and relationships to crumble while he was in the villa.

“Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this terrible news,” a spokesman for the company that produces Love Island, ITV said in a statement. “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mike’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

The production company wasn’t the only one to have a response to this news. His former castmates had some things to get off their chests, as well.

“I’ve thought long and hard about what I want to say, I’ve woken up and unfortunately this wasn’t just a nightmare so this is to you Mr. Thala,” former contestant Montana Brown wrote on Instagram. “Firstly, I’m so angry at you for doing this because you are so loved by so many people and I just wish you picked up the phone so we could’ve sorted this out.”

She went on to describe how he helped her when she was struggling.

“You checked up on me everyday at the beginning of this year when I was struggling myself, you really were the kindest, sweetest person and I am so devastated and crushed that I’ll never get to see you again,” she wrote. “Now I know you were in a dark place a few months back and I thought you were past it and that you were on the up. I got you to buy “The Magic,”you wrote down your gratitudes, you had the pictures of your family in your car to remind you to be grateful for them. I just don’t know how I didn’t notice… I am absolutely heart broken that I couldn’t help you.”

Former contestant Malin Andersson also spoke out, urging others to ask for help.

“If I didn’t have a strong head on me that my mum passed down to me, I wouldn’t have been able to cope with this all,” she tweeted. “But not everyone is like this. PLEASE IF YOU FEEL ALONE, OR SAD, OR STUCK REACH OUT TO SOMEBODY!

Rykard Jenkins, another former contestant, suggested that ITV have regular check-ins with the cast to avoid this happening in the future.

“On a real the Big bosses at @ITV & @LoveIsland need to bring all there cast members into a room and have a proper talk as a group and see how we’re doing,” he tweeted. “That will help a lot.”

Other stars couldn’t express anything other than sadness at their friend’s passing.

“I genuinely can’t believe what I’m seeing here,” Thalassitis’ castmate Jonny Mitchell wrote on Instagram. “My boy from the villa and one of my best mates from the show coming out. An absolute hero and a legend and someone I looked up to since I met him, always full of so much positivity and charisma. One of the best people I’ve ever known taken from us far too soon, I’m heartbroken and can’t put into words how much I’m gonna miss you bro! My heart goes out to his family. Rest in peace Magic Mike.”

Thalassitis is not the first Love Island cast member to pass away. Season two contestant Sophie Gradon died last year. She was 32 years old. Her death was initially ruled a suicide but her parents have since disputed that claim.

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