Death of Love Island star Mike Thalassitis ruled suicide

Love Island 2017: Mike

Love Island's Mike Thalassitis took his own life, an inquest has ruled.

A hearing into the death of the reality star in March took place this week.

The inquest concluded Mike had taken his own life by hanging. Toxicology results showed traces of cocaine, ethanol, antidepressants and paracetamol in his system at the time of his death.

A diary of notes left to his loved ones was found with Mike.

Police officer Emma Clawson told North London Coroner's Court: "I looked through the notebook - it was a combination of a diary and letters and positive thoughts. At the back of the diary there were a number of notes addressed to his family.”

Senior coroner Andrew Walker said: "There were a number of notes left behind and messages in which Mr Thalassitis clearly set out his intention that his life should come to an end."

He concluded: "It seems to me that I can be satisfied on the balance of probabilities that Mike Thalassitis did voluntarily do an act namely hanging himself from the branch of a tree while he was conscious of what he was doing.

"The summary of the notes set out plainly as far as I can see that Mr Thalassitis' intention was that his life came to an end."

A statement on behalf of Mike's family said: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind messages and support during this very difficult time.

"Today's inquest concluded the sad news at the loss of our beautiful son and brother. We would respectfully request privacy at this time and digest what has happened to our family.

"Mike was a wonderful son and brother and will be dearly missed."

Also attending the hearing was Montana Brown who appeared alongside Mike on Love Island in 2017.

She said: "I don’t really have too much to say, but what I will say is I think when someone dies in this way you don’t give up on the memory and I think that a lot of people are scared to talk about it.

“But I think it’s important to let his memory live on and remember the importance of why this happened, and to change your own life on what terrible, terrible thing has happened to Mike.

“I think everyone should be nicer, a little bit kinder - it’s such an awful world we live in, it’s just nice to be nice."

She added: “I’ve definitely changed the way I live my life - and I urge others to do the same."

Mike's death in 2019 came after fellow Love Island star Sophie Gradon took her life last year, aged 32.

ITV bosses have since pledged to offer more help and support to contestants who appear on the show.

If you ever need help, Samaritans offer confidential advice and support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week over the phone on 116 123 or online

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