Love Island 'won't pay on air tribute to Mike Thalassitis on this year's series'

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Love Island won't pay an on air tribute to Mike Thalassitis, it has been reported.

Mike, who appeared on the show in 2017, tragically passed away earlier this year, aged 26.

It's been claimed this week that producers have opted not to air an on-screen tribute to Mike when the new series begins next month.

According to The Sun newspaper, instead a special message will appear on ITV's catch up service as part of the series on which he appeared.

A source told the tabloid that "it felt more appropriate to do it there”.

Love Island previously announced plans to offer more support to contestants following the death of Mike.

His passing followed the death of Sophie Gradon, who died aged 32 last year having appeared on the show in 2016. An inquest earlier in 2019 ruled her death a suicide.

Following the tragic losses, some former Islanders hit out at the show for 'not offering enough support' once the series is over.

Richard Cowles, boss of ITV Studios which makes Love Island, subsequently announced plans to increase support for those who take part in the show.

“When something so awful happens we naturally enter a period of soul searching and ask whether anything could have been done," he wrote in a statement. “This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us.

“And we will be delivering bespoke training to all future Islanders to include social media and financial management.

"The key focus will be for us to no longer be reliant on the Islanders asking us for support but for us to proactively check in with them on a regular basis.”

The TV chief also outlined the "continuous and ongoing" care given to Islanders before, during and after their time in the villa in the full statement, which you can read here.

A new series of Love Island is rumoured to begin on Monday, June 3 on ITV2.

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