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Love Island’s Jonny Mitchell claims show bosses KNEW Mike Thalassitis was ‘stressed’

star Mike Thalassitis was found dead on Saturday aged just 26.

He is the second person to have died from the ITV show in the past 12 months, after former contestant Sophie Gradon took her own life in June 2018.

And now his close pal Jonny Mitchell has said that the show’s offer to help contestants has come “too little, too late”.

The 27-year-old appeared on the programme with Mike in 2017 and the pair remained close friends.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast on Monday, Jonny explained: “I’m not here to discredit the show but one of my friends has died so I’m here to tell the absolute truth.

“As far as aftercare goes… when I came off the show I was trolled to ridiculous amounts, as a lot of people were, but I had a particularly bad time of it.

“The only time I ever had a call off that show offering any kind of counselling or help was yesterday, obviously after Mike’s died and they’ve said ‘If you need to talk to anyone…’

“And to be honest I found it almost quite laughable. I just thought ‘How am I getting this phone call now? This is too little too late?’”

Jonny claimed the show was aware of the stress that Mike was under before his shock death.

He continued: “They all follow us on Instagram, they all read the papers, they all know what’s going on. They knew what sort of stress Mike was under and what many other people have been under.

Mike Thalassitis and  Jonny Mitchell

COULD HAVE DONE MORE: Jonny has hit out at Love Island bosses after Mike’s shock death (Pic: WENN )

Mike Thalassitis takes selfie with Jonny Mitchell

CLOSE PALS: Jonny forged a strong friendship with Jonny on Love Island 2017 (Pic: INSTAGRAM )

“This call for counselling should have come six months ago for Mike, and it might have changed…. All it would have taken was potentially one person to speak to him.

“Mike was a strong guy who didn’t want to air his problems, but if it was a confidential psychologist talking to him, who knows, it could have changed things completely.”

Following the death of both Mike and Sophie, Love Island bosses have been forced to defend criticism about their lack of care for contestants.

A statement issued by the show said: “Care for islanders is a process the show takes very seriously and is a continuous process for all those taking part in the show.

Mike Thalassitis takes selfie in gym

LAST PICTURE: Mike was found dead on the weekend after taking his own life (Pic: INSTAGRAM )

Sophie Gradon on Love Island

ANOTHER SAD LOSS: Love Island’s Sophie G0radon also took her own life in June 2018 (Pic: ITV )

“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.

“We also discuss at length with all of our islanders before and after the show how their lives might change and they have access to support and advice to help with this.”

Daily Star Online has contacted an ITV spokesman for comment.

Metropolitan Police confirmed Mike had been found hanged in woodland near his home.

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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