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Mike Thalassitis’ parents have broken their silence on the Love Island star’s tragic death, nearly two years on from his passing.
Love Island star Mike was was 26 when he tragically took his own life in March 2019.
Mike’s parents Shirley, 63, and Andy, 65, have remained silent on their son’s tragic passing.
But, nearly two years on from his death, the couple have spoke out for the first time as they say: “We still can’t believe he’s gone.”
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Tuesday 16 March will mark two years since Mike tragically took his own life. And Mike’s mum Shirley has told how they are still struggling with the loss of Mike.
She told Mirror: “We have to live with what happened and he is on our mind every single day.”
Meanwhile, Andy explained how his son never revealed his struggles with depression.
He explained: “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.”
The parents, who hope to encourage those with mental health difficulties to speak out, will mark the tragic anniversary with a visit to his grave, but Shirley revealed she regularly visits her son there.
She said: “I visit his grave every week, several times. I find it comforting to go and take flowers. Just sitting there, not talking to him as such, but having a quiet moment.”
Mike is one of three stars linked to Love Island who tragically took their own life. As Sophie Gradon was 32 when she took her own life in 2018.
And Love Island presenter Caroline Flack was 40 tragically took her own life the day after Valentine’s Day in 2020.
Caroline’s life and death is set to be explored in a new documentary and her mother Christine and Jody, who recently revealed Caroline found heartbreak “impossible”, will open up about the TV star and her mental health struggles.
Mike’s mum Shirley revealed she wrote to Caroline’s mother after the Love Island presenter’s death to tell her “I was thinking of her”.
Meanwhile, Shirley explained her family have told her “not to watch” the upcoming Channel 4 documentary but she admitted she probably will.
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During his fame, Mike was cruelly targeted by trolls online. Now, dad Andy has told of how “people’s perceptions of Mike weren’t true”.
But, the parents have been supported by Mike’s friends. Shirley said: “Mike’s friends have been amazing. Phoning and popping by to see we are OK.”
Mike’s mum also shared a message to those who are struggling with their mental health.
She said: “Tell someone what you’re feeling. Don’t keep it all in.”
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
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