Reality TV stars were in abundance at the funeral of Love Islander Mike Thalassitis last week, after the young man tragically passed away.
The 26-year-old former Love Island celebrity was found dead in a wood near his house in mid-March. The Metropolitan Police confirmed his death on March 16th, releasing a statement that said a man was found hanged in a park near Latymer Way.
Since then, many celebrities have flocked to social media to pay their condolences to Mike’s family, as well as share their own grief with the British public.
His former girlfriend Megan McKenna took to Instagram shortly after his death to write: “I’m in complete shock and trying to come to terms with this. I can’t believe I’m even writing this post.”
After revealing their upset and heartache on social media, many stars turned up at Mike’s funeral, which took place at Christ Church in Southgate last Friday (April 5th).
Those in attendance included Rebekah Vardy, Lizzie Cundy, Caroline Flack, Montana Brown and various TOWIE and Love Island celebrities, the Daily Mail reported.
It has been reported that Mike suffered from depression, financial problems and grief, following from the recent death of his grandmother, and it is thought he took his own life. In response to this, his family have set up a fundraising page for mental health awareness charity Campaign Against Living Miserably.
More than £3,600 has been donated so far, though relatives of the reality TV star hope to raise £50,000 for the helpline.
Writing on the JustGiving page, his family said: “Deep down beneath the surface [Mike] was suffering from poor mental health – a dark depression that he kept very well hidden from even his closest friends and family.”
They went on to tell the public that suicide is the biggest killer of males under the age of 45, which is why they want to “build awareness of depression in young men, break the stigma and develop practical resources to support those suffering and already in crisis”.
This comes after another well-known personality died recently. Fashion superstar Karl Lagerfield passed away at the end of February at the age of 85.
The creative designer for Chanel for the last 35 years died after suffering complications from pancreatic cancer.
While Mike had a traditional funeral, Lagerfield had historically spoken out about his desire for a cremation instead.
Only last April, he revealed to Numero magazine he wanted to have his ashes scattered along with his mother’s.
Prior to this, he had told NDTV about his dislike for large, elaborate funerals, referring to Johnny Hallyday’s ceremony in 2017.
He was reported as saying: “What a horror! With all the in-fighting with the Hallyday family (over the singer’s will), the funeral felt like a farce.”
Instead, Lagerfield had a direct cremation, with many celebrities turning up at the crematorium to pay their respects to the fashion legend, including Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and various supermodels the designer had worked with over the years.