Police have confirmed the cause of death for Love Island star Mike Thalassitis, stating the the reality star died of suicide by hanging.
A Met spokesperson confirmed that police had been called to a North London park on Saturday morning, after receiving reports of a death there.
“Police were called to a park near Latymer Way, N9 at 09:28hrs on Saturday, 16 March to reports of a man found hanged,” they said.
“Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found a man, aged in his 20s, deceased.
“At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious. The man’s next of kin have been informed. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”
Mike joined the cast of the third series of Love Island in 2017, and went on to appear on Celebs Go Dating in 2018.
Before his reality TV career, Mike was a footballer, playing internationally for the Cyprus Under 19 team.
Mike’s Love Island co-star Montana Brown has added her tribute to those of many other of the show’s contestants, taking to Twitter to comment on the importance of recognising the impact of mental illness.
“Mental illness is a serious disease,” she said. “I’m cooped up in my bed, just trying to fathom why Mike did this? Why he didn’t say something. Why he thought this was his only way out.
“I really am so confused. I feel so sad, I’m so sorry darling I didn’t do more. Miss you so much.”
Mental illness is a serious disease. I’m cooped up in my bed, just trying to fathom why Mike did this? Why he didn’t say something. Why he thought this was his only way out. I really am so confused. I feel so sad, I’m so sorry darling I didn’t do more. Miss you so much 💙
— MONTANA ROSE BROWN (@MontanaRoseB) March 17, 2019
She also posted a lengthy post to Instagram, expressing her frustration that the world didn’t know who Mike really was.
Montana also revealed Mike had recently been reading self-help book The Magic.
“It annoys me that you were so misunderstood,” she said.
“‘Muggy Mike’ was your stage name and let’s face it, the ladies did fall at your feet BUT everyone had this impression of you and you were literally the opposite. You were one of a kind.
“Mike, you were so thoughtful, caring and loyal to me and all your friends, you know some of my darkest secrets and I know yours,” she continued.
“I just wish people had a tiny glimpse of what the real you was like.
“You sent me a Christmas card in the post this year, you checked up on me every day 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.”
“His name was Mike Thalassitis, and every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends. A good guy, taken far, far too soon,” tweeted Chris.
If you or someone you know are struggling with mental illness or suicidal thoughts, call the Samaritans on 116 123.
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