Mike Thalassitis' parents pay emotional tribute on anniversary of his suicide – saying they 'didn't see it coming'03/14/2021
MIKE Thalassitis' parents have paid emotional tribute on the two-year anniversary of his suicide, saying that they "didn't see it coming".
The Love Island star tragically took his own life on 15 March 2019 at the age of 26, with mum and dad Shirley and Andy now breaking their silence.
The pair have been left heartbroken by their son's death, and recalled seeing him just days earlier – where he'd told them he'd visit again soon.
Andy, 65, told The Mirror: "We just didn't see it coming. I felt utter disbelief.
"He came to the house the Thursday before and said he was fine. He said: ' I'll see you Sunday', and that was it."
Shirley, 63, added: "We have to live with what happened and he is on our mind every single day."
Two years on, the devastated mother still visits Mike's grave several times a week, as she finds that being close to him brings her comfort.
Mike was believed to have been grieving the death of his 94-year-old gran and faced mounting debts before his death.
His friend and co-star Montana Brown revealed that he'd been in a "dark place" in the months before, having shot to fame on Love Island in 2017.
She broke down in tears on This Morning shortly after the news broke as she revealed that Mike had texted her before his suicide and she hadn't replied.
She wept at the time: "I spoke to him two days before. But I'm kicking myself because he text me but I didn't actually reply. I'm really bad on my phone. I wish I had replied."
Love Island bosses overhauled their duty of care following the star's death, saying that all would be able to access therapy sessions, social media and financial training, and a minimum of 14 months of 'proactive' contact after appearing on the show.
You’re Not Alone
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
- Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm
The Sun also revealed last month that producers had ramped up psychological testing ahead of the new series following Mike, Sophie Gradon, and Caroline Flack's tragic deaths.
Sophie shot to fame in the 2016 series of the show and took her own life in June 2018, with her heartbroken boyfriend Aaron Armstrong doing the same just 20 days later.
And in February 2020, host Caroline was found dead at her London home aged 40, having also taken her own life.
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 116123.
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