Mike Thalassitis suicide: 'Love Island' star was reportedly struggling with debt and grieving his grandma's death
He is said to have been struggling with financial instability as well as grieving his 94-year-old grandmother who passed away recently.
Police have confirmed the cause of death of 'Love Island' star Mike Thalassitis as hanging. Metropolitan Police have reportedly confirmed that his body was found hanging in the woods on Saturday in Edmonton, North London, Daily Mail reported.
According to reports, it is being suggested that Mike wasn't feeling his best recently. He is said to have been struggling with financial instability and debt as well as grieving his 94-year-old grandmother who passed away recently. One of his best friend, Danny Cutts, also passed away in December.
"He was always the perfect gentleman and would pick up the bill everywhere we went," a source told Mirror Online, "But his party lifestyle came at a price and he wasn't earning a lot of cash after Love Island, especially as he became his nan's carer."
Another insider told the Sun, "It is absolutely tragic to have died at such a young age. Mike had so much to live for. He was about to launch a restaurant in Essex with a pal. He was grieving the loss of his nan."
The late reality star is said to have moved in with her after her health started going downhill. He was also overseeing the construction work for his upcoming restaurant in Essex called The Skillet, which he was launching with former professional footballer Scott Neilson.
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His co-star Montana Brown revealed this morning that he was "in a dark place" recently and had turned to Rhonda Byrne's self-help book 'The Magic' to get over the hump.
"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," Brown had revealed in an Instagram tribute to her former co-star.
"I got you to buy The Magic, you wrote down your gratitude, 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 heartbroken that I couldn't help you," she said.
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His death has started a conversation around reality stars on the show and the aftermath of instant fame they acquire including lack of support from the show once they are out. Two 'Love Island' stars came forward saying that the show doesn't provide them with any support once they are out of the villa and Mike's death should be a wake-up call for the ITV2 reality show.
Former 'Love Island' star Malin Andersson, who lost her newborn daughter earlier this year, tweeted, "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." In a series of tweets, she added, "Nothing when my mum died. Nothing when Sophie died. Change needs to happen."
"I got flowers from the producers when my daughter died. No fucking phone call. No support, or help," she said before firing at the show saying "WAKE UP @LoveIsland !!!!"
Another Islander, Dom Lever also shared something along the same lines. "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," he said in a tweet.