Mike Thalassitis’ brother Nick pays heartfelt tribute to tragic star as Caroline Flack joins mourners for a tearful farewell

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LOVE Island presenter Caroline Flack was among hundreds of mourners who said a tearful farewell to star Mike Thalassitis yesterday.

The presenter, 39, was accompanied by Love Island narrator Iain Stirling, 31, for the funeral.

Mike’s older brother Nick paid a heartfelt tribute to the former footballer-turned-reality star
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Mike’s older brother Nick paid a heartfelt tribute to the former footballer-turned-reality star[/caption]

Montana Brown wipes away a tear as she attends the funeral of Mike Thalassitis today
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Mike Thalassitis, who appeared in the 2017 series of the ITV2 show, took his own life after a hidden mental health battle
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They heard Mike’s older brother Nick pay a heartfelt tribute to the former footballer-turned-reality star.

He told the congregation: “He was supposed to be the best man at my wedding and the uncle to my kids.

“And although he can’t be there for those moments now, I know he’ll be watching them from somewhere else with a bright smile on his face.

“Mike was introduced to the public as a Greek god and maybe the heavens needed you more than the Earth.”

Devastated friends were reduced to tears following the emotional service
Devastated friends were reduced to tears following the emotional service
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Tribute from loving brother Nick
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Tribute from loving brother Nick[/caption]

Mike, who appeared in the 2017 series of the ITV2 show, took his own life after a hidden mental health battle.

The death of the 26-year-old, who had Greek heritage, sparked a debate about reality stars struggling to cope with the pressures of fame.

Yesterday, 2017 series co-stars, including Montana Brown  Amber Davies, Georgia Harrison, Camilla Thurlow, Jamie Jewitt, Jonny Mitchell and Marcel Somerville, were among the mourners in Southgate, North London.

TV stars Rebekah Vardy and Joey Essex were also in attendance.

Montana fought back tears as she paid tribute and pleaded for everyone to look out for the vulnerable.

She said: “Whether they’re a stranger, a friend, or a loved one, try from now on to say, ‘How are you?’ and really mean it. If someone says, ‘I’m OK’, ask them why they’re just OK. Ask them again tomorrow, ask them again the next day. Make sure that they’re in a good place. We can’t see mental illness with the naked eye.”

Tribute from loving brother Nick

His coffin was wheeled out of the church today
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Love Islanders Georgia Harrison and Montana stand outside the church
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Mike Thalassitis was on the 2017 season of Love Island

 

Caroline Flack arrives at the funeral in North London
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Love Island presenter Caroline Flack was seen leaving his funeral on Friday afternoon
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Love Island stars Zara McDermott, Ellie Brown and Samira Mighty arrive at the funeral of Mike Thalassitis
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Love Islander Alexandra Cane arrives at the church for the funeral
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Rebekah Vardy arrives for the service in North London
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The hearse arrives outside the church for the funeral of Mike Thalassitis
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Tributes to Mike were seen inside the hearse this afternoon
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Mike’s brother Nick Thalassitis waits outside the church with loved ones
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Mike’s coffin outside Christ Church in Southgate, North London
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Mike’s coffin is led into the church by loved ones
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During the service Montana joined family members in making personal tributes to Mike while his friends Aaron, Rodney and Scott read a poem
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Devastated friends were reduced to tears following the emotional service
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His coffin was wheeled out of the church today
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Love Islanders Georgia Harrison and Montana stand outside the church
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Love Islander Amber Davies arrives at the funeral
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Love Islander Marcel Somerville arrives at the funeral
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Love Islander Johnny Mitchell arrives to pay his respects to Mike
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Towie star Joey Essex arrived to pay his respects
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Love Islanders Jamie Hewitt and Camilla Thurlow arrive at the service
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Towie’s Mario Falcone arrives at the funeral alongside Mike’s manager, Dave Reed
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Mike’s ex-girlfriend Ellie O’Donnell arrived to pay her respects
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Love Island star Zara arrives at the funeral
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Towie star Liam Gatsby arrives at the church for the funeral of Mike Thalassitis
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Love Islander Montana Brown  posted this heartfelt message to her Instagram story

He was about to launch a new restaurant with a friend
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He was about to launch a new restaurant with a friend[/caption]

Mike’s last Instagram post was this gym selfie on March 5
Mike dated fellow reality star Megan McKenna
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Mike stole the affections of Olivia Attwood on Love Island
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Mike Thalassitis and Tyla Carr enjoyed a passionate kiss on Friday's Love Island
Mike Thalassitis and Tyla Carr on Love Island in 2017

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