Take Me Out viewers flocked to social media to express their upset – and kind words of tribute – as the show aired the Fernando’s date of Charlie Watkins, who first appeared in last’s episode.
Everyone watching then was saddened to learn that the charming contestant died shortly after filming.
Host Paddy McGuinness shared the tragic news of Charlie’s passing on Twitter.
His family subsequently took the brave decision to publicly reveal the 22-year-old had killed himself, after battling mental health issues for man ears.
They released a statement last Sunday.
“We have lost a very special young man who sadly never recovered from the tragic loss of his mother when he was only nine years old,” it said.
“Tragically this is another example of the mental health issues suffered by young people today as highlighted by the Heads Together campaign supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.”
Charlie’s appearance on the dating show proved popular with viewers, who were thrilled when he was matched with Jo-Tara.
According to the Mirror, his family insisted that ITV show his date on the Isle of Fernando’s as normal – and fans of the dating show were touched by what a lovely.
Charlie and Jo-Tara’s date saw them visit the beach and a water park. He described it as “the best first date” he’d ever had.
Just before the episode aired, host Paddy shared another tribute, writing: “Hope you love tonight’s @takemeoutuk especially Charlie’s friends & family.
“We get to see a smashing lad enjoying himself on his date.”
Tonight, ITV2’s Take Me Out: The Gossip will pay tribute to the York criminology student as it airs footage of presenters Mark Wright and Laura Jackson catching up with him after his date.
A promo clip for the episode, which showed happily drinking champagne with the hosts, was shared earlier this week.
If you are concerned about your mental health or that of a loved one, visit www.samartitans.org for advice on further support.
Charlie’s family have set up a fundraising page for the mental health charity Mind.
If you would like to donate visit: charles.watkins.muchloved.com.