Love Island 2017 star Mike Thalassitis has tragically passed away at the age of 26, in what police have now confirmed was a suicide. Both fans and fellow former Islanders have taken to social media to pay tribute to the star, with Caroline Flack calling him 'a total gentleman' and co-star Chris Hughes calling on people to stop referring to him by the nickname he earned in the villa, 'Muggy Mike'.
As well as paying tribute to Mike, many stars have also called out ITV2 and Love Island for not giving stars enough support in order to deal with their new life once they come out of the villa.
Jess Shears, who starred on the show the same year as Mike wrote: 'Shows offer you “support” but realistically it’s only while you are in their care. Minute you get home & are no longer making them money it’s out of sight out of mind. There should be ongoing support & also financial advice. Life after these shows isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.'
Meanwhile, Malin Andersson criticised the ITV2 show for their lack of support following the personal tragedies she has suffered since leaving the villa in 2016, sharing that she got 'no support' from producers when her mother and baby daughter passed away, nor when former co-star Sophie Gradon took her own life.
Katie Salmon, who also starred on Love Island 2016 and dated Sophie Gradon prior to her death has also criticised the show for the lack of support given and urged people thinking of applying to appear on the next series to 'really consider going on these shows.'
ITV2 have responded in a statement saying: 'Care for our Islanders is a process the show takes very seriously and is a continuous process for all those taking part in the show. We ensure that all of our Contributors are able to access psychological support before, during and after appearing on the show. The programme will always provide ongoing support when needed and where appropriate.’
However, in the light of this latest tragedy, many are asking whether enough is being done.
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