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Mike Thalassitis: Police say Love Island star’s death in park was ‘not suspicious’

Police said today that the death of Love Island star Mike Thalassitis was “not being treated as suspicious” after his body was found in a park close to his home.

Scotland Yard officers said they found the body of a man in his 20s hanged in a park in Edmonton on Saturday.

A spokesperson said: “Police were called to a park near Latymer Way, N9 at 0928hrs on Saturday, 16 March to reports of a man found hanged.

“Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found a man, aged in his 20s, deceased.

Mike on Love Island in 2017 next to contestant Georgia Harrison (Rex Features)

“At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Former Love Island contestants have paid tribute to Mike Thalassitis (PA)

“Police are in the process of informing the man’s next of kin. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

The development came hours after fellow Love Island stars criticised the show’s bosses after he was found dead.

His co-stars hit out at the show for not giving contestants enough support when they leave to deal with their sudden rise to fame.

Mike appeared on the 2017 series of Love Island (Ian West/PA)

His former Love Island co-star Dom Lever said contestants need more support when they leave the villa.

He said: “You get a psychological evaluation before and after you go on the show but hands down once you are done on the show you don’t get any support unless you’re number one.” 

Malin Andersson, who lost her daughter earlier this year, said she “wouldn’t have been able to cope” after the show if she didn’t have a “strong head on her”.

“Enough is enough” she wrote online.

“I got flowers from the producers when my daughter died. No support, or help.”

Actress Sheridan Smith wrote online: “This should be a massive wake up call, I feel sick, reach out, sometimes to the most confident friend. We can only learn & try to change.”


Kady McDermott, who also appeared on the show, said: “Hopefully going forward reality shows will help more with the aftermath of being on one, because I can say it definitely didn’t happen after my series when lots of us needed it. Peoples lives change over night and no one can mentally be prepared for it. The good and the bad.”

Other celebrities paid tribute to Mike. Love Island host Caroline Flack said Mike was a “total gentleman”. She said: ‘Mike… you were a total gentleman… I won’t forget that … it’s so sad …you will be missed. RIP.”

Fellow Love Island contestant Olivia Atwood posted on Instagram: “Literally don’t know what to say. Another one gone too young. Thinking of mike’s family and friends at the horrendous time. you will be missed terribly.”

Former Love Island contestant Montana Brown said Mr Thalassitis had been in a “dark place” in recent months as she paid tribute.

She wrote on Instagram: “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 just don’t know how I didn’t notice… I am absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t help you.”

Georgia Harrison wrote: “You were an absolute gentleman. I’m proud to have known you and all of your family should be so proud to have raised a man as kind, caring and well mannered as you.”

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

His manager confirmed the shock news of his death yesterday. 

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