TOWIE’S Clelia Theodorou and Shelby Tribble have revealed Mike Thalassitis’s death “hit home” as they admit show pressures have left them feeling “low and stressed out”.
The Towie stars were left rocked after 26-year-old Mike was found dead in a suspected suicide after a secret battle with depression.
Shelby Tribble looked visibly upset as she discussed friend Mike Thalassitis’ tragic death[/caption]
The tragedy prompted Love Island to offer therapy after ex-stars complained of “zero aftercare”, while Shelby and Clelia have praised Towie bosses for supporting them through tough times.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, Clelia said: “Everyone has been hit hard, even people who didn’t know Mike.
“It’s so horrible because it’s one of the biggest tragedies I’ve ever seen.
“He was good looking and such a lovely guy with so much to offer.
“It really hit home. You never know what people are going through.
“There are times when me and Shelby have been at very low points, stressed out and had a lot of worries, but no one would have been able to tell. It’s hard.”
Best pal Shelby added: “We’re really lucky because everyone at Lime Pictures and Towie give us so much support and really look after us.”
Mike was found hanged in a park near his home in Edmonton, North London, on Saturday, March 16.
Mike was found dead on January 16[/caption]
He had been left grief-stricken over the death of his beloved grandmother and was in a “dark place” with rumours he’d run up debts worth thousands of pounds.
Friends set up a Go Fund Me page to raise £25,000 for his funeral.
His heartbroken parents shut it down within a day over fears fraudsters would get hold of the money.
All £5,000 of the money raised before its closure will go to a mental health charity.
Mike was talking excitedly about his life as a restaurateur[/caption]
His new project The Skillet in Loughton was due to open next week[/caption]
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
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Mike’s friends were still left reeling from his death as they revealed he had been looking forward to the future in the days before.
He was even due to launch a new restaurant, The Skillet with his business partner Scott.
Fans have campaigned for the name to be changed in honour of Mike.
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