Mike Thalassitis inquest – Depressed Love Island star took own life after cocaine and booze binge

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An inquest into the death of Love Island’s Mike Thalassitis has revealed he took his own life after taking cocaine and alcohol.

A toxicology report also showed anti-depressant drug Fluxotine in his system.

Mike, 26, known affectionately as ‘Muggy’ during his time on the dating show in 2017, was found dead at a park near near his childhood home in Edmonton, North London on March 16.

The inquest heard how a black notebook was found close to Mike’s body.

Speaking at North London Coroner’s Court, PC Emma Clawson said: “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.”



Mike Thalassitis died at the age of 26



Mike was found dead in a park where he played as a child

  

Senior coroner Andrew Walker said Mike, whose occupation was given as celebrity, had left notes to his family – many of whom attended the inquest on Wednesday.

Mr 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.”

Toxicology results showed there was cocaine, ethanol and paracetamol in his system at the time of his death.



Mike left a notebook filled with messages to his family

 

A statement was read out in court from the woman who found Mike, reports Essex Live.

She said: “At around 9.25pm I was jogging around Church Street recreational ground, however I know this to be Vladimir Park.

“A man was walking a dog so I changed my direction running along the tree line.

“Through the trees I saw a man, I looked again and I thought the man was floating.

“I looked up and saw the rope and the man was hanging.

“I didn’t know what to do and I called my friend who said I should call the police. I hung up the call to my friend and called the police to report what I found.

“I stayed on the phone speaking to the operator until I saw the two police officers enter the park. I briefly spoke to PC Emma Clawson. She told me to go home and she would call me. I did not approach the man or touch him.

“He was wearing a black jacket, black hat, black shoes.”

Police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mike’s death, and there was no third party involvement

Recording a verdict of suicide, Senior Coroner Andrew Walker expressed sympathies to Mike’s family.




Mike’s family paid tribute to their “wonderful son and brother” outside the court following the hearing.

Reading a statement on their behalf Dave Read, the his manager and agent, 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.”



Mike’s family described him as a ‘wonderful son and brother’ and said he would be dearly missed

The former Chelmsford City footballer died just days after the death of his beloved grandmother. Mike was said to have been ‘devastated’ by the loss after having moved in with the 94-year-old to become her full time carer.

Mike’s death also came just two months after his best friend Danny Cutts passed away on Christmas Eve.

After finding fame on the third series of Love Island, Mike dated former TOWIE star Megan McKenna.

They broke up after a rollercoaster seven month relationship, and she opened up about their time together on Celebs Go Dating.

Megan revealed she was “in love” with Mike and burst into tears as she told dating agents Anna Williamson and Paul Carrick Brunson that she didn’t want to speak about him.

Mike also took part in Celebs Go Dating in 2018, alongside fellow stars like Made In Chelsea’s Sam Thompson and TOWIE’s Gemma Collins.



Mike was affectionately known as ‘Muggy’ during his time on Love Island in 2017

 

Many of Mike’s fellow stars took to Twitter to express their shock at his untimely death and pay tribute.

Chris Hughes said: “Every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends. A good guy, taken far, far to soon”

Olivia Buckland wrote: “This is horrendous. I’m in shock. Mike you are going to be sorely sorely missed. My heart is with your family. I’m in complete shock”

Love Island host Caroline Flack dubbed Mike a ”total gentleman”. She said: ”Mike… you were a total gentleman… I won’t forget that … it’s so sad …you will be missed. RIP.”



A tribute was paid to Mike after the credits of the first Love Island 2019 episode



Montana Brown (pictured with Mike) said he had had been a ‘dark place’ before his death

According to fellow contestant Montana Brown, Mike had been in a “dark place” in the months before he died.

His death helped to spark national discussion over the welfare of reality star and the aftercare provided to those who are suddenly thrown into the spotlight.

With the return of Love Island this month, ITV bosses announced new measures of aftercare in the aftermath of Mike’s suicide and the death of Sophie Gradon and Jeremy Kyle guest Steve Dymon.

As part of the changes, cast-members will get eight counselling sessions and 14 months of contact with the Love Island crew.

They will also get training sessions to help them deal with fame, including lessons on social media and how to manage their money.



Mike also appeared on Celebs Go Dating in 2018

After the closing credits of the 2019 series launch a touching tribute was paid to Mike.

A picture of Mike was shown alongside the message: “In loving memory of Mike Thalassitis 1993 – 2019”.

ITV bosses reportedly made a U-turn after initially deciding not to mention Mike’s death following a fierce backlash against the show in the wake of his death.

A Love Island insider revealed: “Producers wanted to pay their respects to Mike and show his friends, family and fans that he was a part of the Love Island family and is missed deeply by everyone.

“It is a really difficult subject but they wanted to address it rather than sweep it under the carpet or pretend it hasn’t happened.”

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