MIKE Thalassitis’s parents have closed the Go Fund Me page set up to raise money for his funeral over fears fraudsters will get hold of the money.
Nearly £5,000 of the £25,000 target had been raised in just one day by fans of the late reality star following his suicide last weekend.
Mike Thalassitis’s parents have closed the Go Fund Me page set up to raise money for his funeral over fears fraudsters will get hold of the money[/caption]
However, tonight a message appeared on the page informing visitors that the fundraising process has ended.
It reads: “Thank you all for your generous donations thus far. I have spoken with Mike’s family and while they are grateful for all of the support his friends have given, they have asked to close the gofundme at this time.
“Please be assured the money raised to date will go directly to the family who intend to open a new page controlled by themselves in due course. All proceeds will then be consolidated and donated to a mental health charity of their choice.
“While this particular page was created by his close friends, they are concerned that fraudulent accounts could be activated by strangers using their name.
“Therefore, please do not donate to any other pages until an official statement has been made by the immediate Thalassitis family within the next week or so.”
Mike’s secret girlfriend Model Ellie O’Donnell, 22, admitted Mike’s death will ‘haunt’ her for the rest of her life earlier this week and had donated £250 to the appeal.
Love Island star Jack Fowler has also shown his support by sharing the appeal on his Instagram page.
Tallia Storm shared her concern, writing: “Please help to raise money for Mike’s family to help pay for his funeral any amount helps they shouldn’t have to face this alone.”
The original heartfelt message on the page explained that the family have only just held a funeral for his nan.
It said: “Mike Thalassitis was a beloved son, brother, friend and good man to many people.
“As everybody is aware we all lost a brilliant person on March 16th.
“I’m sure that everyone here and all those that were fortunate enough to know Mike wishes that they had done or said something that could have changed this outcome and have helped him in so that this terrible tragedy did not befall Mike and everybody that cared for him”
“Mike’s family were doing everything possible to come to terms with the death of Andy’s mum (Mike’s Nan) before their youngest son was taken within days of each other. Mike’s family are hard working people experiencing a time of intense pain and suffering. Accordingly we are asking for all of your help so that they do not have to face anything alone.”
“So we have created this as a collection so all of those who want to contribute can. We will give all donations raised to Mike’s mum and dad to help fund his funeral costs and the rest given to a mental health charity of their choice.”
Friends rushed to the page to share messages of love and support for Mike’s family after his death.
“You were the most incredible person and I’m so lucky to have known you,” one pal wrote.
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Another added: “Such a sad loss of a beautiful young man, devastating! Thinking of his family at this very sad time.”
A well-wisher wrote: “I didn’t know Mike but this was a really sad tragedy. So sorry for your loss. May he Rest in Peace.”
Yesterday, we revealed that Mike’s restaurant in Essex will still open in his honour as he was due to open The Skillet with his business partner Scott Neilson before his shock death.
His business partner confirmed the restaurant will still open after a “tough week” following Mike’s shock suicide.
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