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Celebs Go Dating’s Sam Thompson admits he ‘could have done more’ in tribute to Mike Thalassitis

Sam Thompson admits he ‘could have done more’ in tribute to Mike Thalassitis (Picture: Celebs Go Dating / Instagram)

Celebs Go Dating star Sam Thompson said he ‘could have done more’ in a heartbreaking tribute to his friend Mike Thalassitis.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that the Love Island star had died by suicide after his body was found hanged in a North London park.

Since then, both friends and family alike have paid tribute to the 26-year-old, including his reality TV friend Sam.

Taking to Instagram the Made In Chelsea star shared a picture of Mike next to a long post about how he could have done more.

He said; ‘I wasn’t going to do a post. i don’t think for me anyway that social media is a place to grieve. It makes me sad that to the normal person in todays world, if you don’t do a post then you didn’t care.

‘It makes me scared of where we as a society are heading, but i want everyone to know the kind of guy i saw in Mike. A person just died. A friend just died. Someone that i know in my heart of hearts i could have done more for. (sic)’

Chatting about his relationship with the late star, he continued: ‘I met Mike on celebs go dating. I was told he was joining the show with me and my heart sank. I had heard all of the things said about this so called lothario.

The pair met on Celebs Go Dating (Picture: ITV / Rex)
Mike sadly passed away over the weekend aged 26 (Picture: WENN)

‘This cock sure arrogant guy, who was fresh out of love island and ready to steam roll this dating show that i was so terrified to join (sic).’

Sam added: ‘I remember the first time i laid eyes upon him. i remember the words that came to my head…fuck me he’s a greek god. I had genuinely never seen a more perfect specimen of man. He looked like everything i WISHED i looked like.

‘Needless to say an already pretty insecure Sam retreated straight into his shell. That was it. Game over. This Alpha Male had come over, and knocked me for 6.’

The 26-year-old went on to say how Mike surprised him by striking up conversation and having a drink with him after not saying hello at the start.

‘I stood there rather ashamed at how badly i had just judged a book by its cover. Over the next few months, the shame only grew,’ he said before: ‘This guy was one of the most polite gentlemen i had ever met.’

Sam wrote a heartbreaking tribute (Picture: @Samthompsonuk / Instagram)

‘He had tom bowled over in a day (tom is a very good judge of character in my opinion), and had us in stitches of laughter when he would recount his love island stories. Not once was he crass about anything that happened, or bitter about how it all ended (sic).’

Sam said: ‘What i did see that i believe he was trying to hide when he was telling stories of how ‘muggy mike’ was born, was sadness.

‘From what i heard, he went into this show he knew practically nothing about, late, and into a pack of Alpha males who wanted nothing more than to win, and gain all the bonuses that that entailed.

‘It wasn’t easy for Mike in that villa. From what i heard he got ostracised as soon as he went in, and apart from a select few people, was treated like an outsider (sic).’

He concluded: ‘I have been incredibly lucky over the past year to have met a man like Mike.

‘A friend who, much like the guy I’m currently on tv with has never had trouble being the cool guy or dating women, but who was also so kind, and would pick an insecure wimp like me off the floor time and time again, and make me feel confident, and part of the gang. [sic]’

‘You are a far better man than i mate, and i will always remember you (sic).’

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