Sheridan Smith says Mike Thalassitis’ death is a ‘massive wake-up call’ – Daily Mail


Sheridan Smith has said Mike Thalassitis’ death should be a ‘massive wake-up call’ as she urged her fans to ‘reach out’ to even their most ‘confident friend’.   

The Love Island star, 26, was found dead in a woodland near his hometown, in Essex early on Saturday, with reports suggesting he had been grieving for the loss of his grandmother and close friend. 

Mike’s cause of death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information. 

Speaking out: Sheridan Smith has said Mike Thalassitis' death should be a 'massive wake-up call' and has called for change (pictured in January 2019)

Speaking out: Sheridan Smith has said Mike Thalassitis' death should be a 'massive wake-up call' and has called for change (pictured in January 2019)

Speaking out: Sheridan Smith has said Mike Thalassitis’ death should be a ‘massive wake-up call’ and has called for change (pictured in January 2019) 

After the heartbreaking news broke, Sheridan, 37, took to social media and wrote: ‘This should be a massive wake-up call, I feel sick, reach out, sometimes to the most confident friend. We can only learn and try to change.’ 

The actress also offered help to those who are just starting out in the entertainment industry, adding: ‘Anything I can do. I think we owe it to these kids who don’t know what they are getting into.’  

Sheridan has candidly spoke about her mental health in the past, previously revealing she fell into a dark place following her father Colin’s death. 

The award-winning actress took some time away from her career after her dad passed away in 2016 as she struggled to cope with her grief.

Passing: The Love Island star, 26, was found dead in a woodland near his hometown, in Essex early on Saturday, Mike's cause of death is not yet known (pictured in 2018)

Passing: The Love Island star, 26, was found dead in a woodland near his hometown, in Essex early on Saturday, Mike's cause of death is not yet known (pictured in 2018)

Passing: The Love Island star, 26, was found dead in a woodland near his hometown, in Essex early on Saturday, Mike’s cause of death is not yet known (pictured in 2018) 

Speaking previously on Lorraine, she said: ‘Everyone goes through grief and people deal with it in different ways.

‘Once you’re finally out the other side, there will always be days when it hits you, but people are stopping me in the street and cuddling me and been really supportive.’

Speaking about the dark times, she said: ‘I totally had a breakdown.

‘Unfortunately, I was spiralling out of control and I was making mistakes and wasn’t in my right frame of mind, so I understand why I did get backlash.’

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Mike was discovered dead in woodland near his Essex home on Saturday, his manager confirmed. 

Upset: After the heartbreaking news broke, Sheridan, 37, took to social media and wrote: 'This should be a massive wake-up call, I feel sick...'

Upset: After the heartbreaking news broke, Sheridan, 37, took to social media and wrote: 'This should be a massive wake-up call, I feel sick...'

Upset: After the heartbreaking news broke, Sheridan, 37, took to social media and wrote: ‘This should be a massive wake-up call, I feel sick…’

His cause of death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information. 

The former League Two footballer enjoyed a successful playing career before becoming a beloved reality TV star after appearing on season three of Love Island in the summer of 2017.

The news of his death comes just two months after his best friend Danny Cutts passed away on Christmas Eve.  

Recently, further reports suggest he had been grieving for the loss of his grandmother as well as his close friend.

Tributes have since poured in for the former League One footballer from his reality television co-stars – some of whom claimed they received ‘no support’ after the show ended – but there is no suggestion the show is to blame for Mike’s death.

Honest: Sheridan has candidly spoke about her mental health in the past, previously revealing she fell into a dark place following her father Colin's death

Honest: Sheridan has candidly spoke about her mental health in the past, previously revealing she fell into a dark place following her father Colin's death

Honest: Sheridan has candidly spoke about her mental health in the past, previously revealing she fell into a dark place following her father Colin’s death

In a series of tweets, season two star Malin, 26, admitted she was only sent flowers by the ITV2 team when her four-week-old daughter Consy passed away in January.

She said: ‘WAKE UP @LoveIsland !!!! I got flowers from the producers when my daughter died. No f**king phone call. No support, or help. Enough is enough.

‘Nothing when my mum died. Nothing when Sophie died. Change needs to happen.’ 

‘If I didn’t have a strong head on me that my mum passed down to me, I wouldn’t have been able to cope with this all. But not everyone is like this.’ 

‘PLEASE IF YOU FEEL ALONE, OR SAD, OR STUCK REACH OUT TO SOMEBODY!’

Dom Lever, who appeared in the Love Island villa alongside Mike, joined Malin’s call for change.

He said: ‘I’m shocked at the news!! me and @MikeThalassitis may not have seen eye to eye but he was a top guy.

‘You get a psychological evaluation before and after you go on the show but hands down once you are done on the show you don’t get any support unless you’re number one.’  

His wife Jess Shears, who also starred on the show, added: ‘In complete shock, was lucky enough to get to know Mike, he was the loveliest guy. My heart breaks for his family.

‘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.’

Speaking out: In a series of tweets, season two 2016 star Malin, 26, admitted she was only sent flowers by the ITV2 team when her four-week-old daughter Consy passed away in January

Speaking out: In a series of tweets, season two 2016 star Malin, 26, admitted she was only sent flowers by the ITV2 team when her four-week-old daughter Consy passed away in January

Speaking out: In a series of tweets, season two 2016 star Malin, 26, admitted she was only sent flowers by the ITV2 team when her four-week-old daughter Consy passed away in January 

‘There should be ongoing support & also financial advice. Life after these shows isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.’ 

Big Brother star Mark Byron, who has not appeared on Love Island, also said the ‘amount of aftercare should reflect the amount of time after the shows air that the people remain in the spotlight.’ 

The news of Mike’s death, of which the circumstances are still unknown, comes after fellow season two Love Island star Sophie Gradon, 32, was found dead at her parents house in Medburn, Ponteland in June. 

Her co-star Zara Holland later revealed she was on antidepressants two years after appearing on the show – and claimed contestants didn’t receive enough aftercare.

The star continued: 'If I didn't have a strong head on me that my mum passed down to me, I wouldn't have been able to cope with this all. But not everyone is like this'

The star continued: 'If I didn't have a strong head on me that my mum passed down to me, I wouldn't have been able to cope with this all. But not everyone is like this'

The star continued: ‘If I didn’t have a strong head on me that my mum passed down to me, I wouldn’t have been able to cope with this all. But not everyone is like this’

Zara, 22, told The Sun she ‘changed as a person’ when her Miss GB title was stripped off of her after she had sex on the show and is still ‘haunted’ by the repercussions.

She said: ‘I changed as a person, I didn’t want to go out or socialise, I came out of Love Island and they didn’t contact me.

‘Love Island called me for the first time in two years on Thursday [after the death of Sophie] to ask if I was OK, funny they call me now when something ­terrible has happened.

Joining forces: Dom Lever and his wife Jessica Shears, who both appeared in the Love Island villa alongside Mike, joined Malin's call for change

Joining forces: Dom Lever and his wife Jessica Shears, who both appeared in the Love Island villa alongside Mike, joined Malin's call for change

Joining forces: Dom Lever and his wife Jessica Shears, who both appeared in the Love Island villa alongside Mike, joined Malin’s call for change

‘People applying need to know how serious things can be, they see a claim to fame, they don’t see that in ten years’ time, when you’re married with bab­ies, you’ll still be haunted for the rest of your life.’

A spokesperson for Love Island said at the time: ‘All of our islanders are offered psychological support before, during and after their time in the villa. We take our duty of care very seriously and this is always our top priority.’  

MailOnline has contacted Love Island for comment over Malin, Jess and Dom’s tweets.  

ITV released a statement over Mike’s death, they said: ‘Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this terrible news. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mike’s family and friends at this very sad time.’  

Further heartache: Sophie's co-star Zara Holland later revealed she was on antidepressants two years after appearing on the show - and claimed contestants didn't receive enough aftercare (Zara pictured with late Love Island star Sophie)

Further heartache: Sophie's co-star Zara Holland later revealed she was on antidepressants two years after appearing on the show - and claimed contestants didn't receive enough aftercare (Zara pictured with late Love Island star Sophie)

Further heartache: Sophie’s co-star Zara Holland later revealed she was on antidepressants two years after appearing on the show – and claimed contestants didn’t receive enough aftercare (Zara pictured with late Love Island star Sophie) 



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