Mike Thalassitis inquest delayed just days before launch of Love Island on ITV2


Reality star Mike’s death had been due to go before the coroner – but it has been placed on hold.

The 26-year-old was found dead in a field close to his family home on March 15.

Police confirmed his cause of death was suicide by hanging.

It has been delayed as a senior coroner is unavailable.

Mike’s case will now be heard on June 5 after the launch of Love Island 2019.

“In life, we all have a duty of care to look out for each other, but I don’t think it’s fair to point fingers of blame.”

Love Island host Caroline Flack

Mike’s death came after the passing Sophie Gradon in 2016.

Her death was deemed suicide, and was followed by the suicide of her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong.

Both were judged to have taken their own lives after taking cocaine and alcohol, it was rule their inquests.

The deaths linked to Love Island have renewed focus on aftercare for contestants who are thrust into the spotlight.

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LOVE ISLAND: Mike Thalassitis and Megan McKenna step out in London (Pic: GETTY)

Love Island is due to return to screens on Monday amid the backlash.

ITV has announced plans to strengthen aftercare procedures.

It is planned to offer full counselling to all contestants, not just those who ask for it.

And it also comes amid scrutiny following the total canning of The Jeremy Kyle Show after a guest killed himself a week after appearing on the show.

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REALITY SHOW: Mike Thalassitis appeared on the third season of Love Island (Pic: ITV)

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TRAGIC: Sophie Gradon took her own life after appearing on Love Island (Pic: ITV)

Islanders are also due to be given training on financial planning and dealing with criticism of social media.

And there is also plans to increase pre-screening procedures for the show.

The show features the islanders living a villa called “Casa Amor” in Mallorca where they are coupled up and have stay together to compete for £50,000.

Former contestants including Malin Andersson and Zara Holland have accused the show of not offering enough aftercare.

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TRAGIC: Mike Thalassitis’s death will be probed at an inquest in June (Pic: GETTY)

Love Island host Caroline Flack has defended the show following the deaths of Mike and Sophie.

She said: “In life, we all have a duty of care to look out for each other, but I don’t think it’s fair to point fingers of blame.

“This is a much bigger issue than just a reality TV show, and when something this bad happens… when something this horrible and sad occurs, it’s so dangerous to point fingers within hours and minutes of it happening.

“None of us know what’s going through someone’s mind and we can’t sit there and speculate.”


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