LOVE Island star Mike Thalassitis took cocaine and alcohol before he was found hanged in a park, an inquest was told yesterday.
The 26-year-old, whose occupation was given as ‘celebrity’, was found in woodland near his home in Enfield, north London, on March 16.
PC Emma Clauson told his inquest at North London coroner’s court that a notebook was found near his body.
‘I looked through the notebook; it was a combination of a diary and letters and positive thoughts,’ she said. ‘At the back of the diary, there were a number of notes addressed to his family.’
Traces of cocaine, alcohol and an anti-depressant were found in his system. Recording a verdict of suicide, coroner Andrew Walker said Mr Thalassitis had ‘clearly set out his intention that his life should come to an end’ and post-mortem tests were ‘consistent with alcohol intoxication’.
Earlier this year, a coroner in Tyneside warned about mixing alcohol and cocaine after another Love Island star, Sophie Gradon, hanged herself after consuming both.
The coroner at the 32-year-old model’s inquest said research found that the combination was known to make someone 16 times more likely to kill themselves.
After the latest hearing, Mr Thalassitis’s family paid tribute to their ‘wonderful son and brother’.
Fellow Love Island star Montana Brown, who hugged his mother Shirley outside the inquest, said it was ‘important to let his memory live on and to also remember the importance of why this happened’.
In April, relatives set up a JustGiving page to raise money for Campaign Against Living Miserably in his honour that has collected more than £12,000.
It describes the reality star as ‘full of banter and sarcasm’ that concealed ‘a dark depression’.
Love Island producers paid tribute to Mr Thalassitis at the end of the opening episode of the new series on Monday.
Beneath a photo, a message on screen read: ‘In loving memory of Mike Thalassitis 1993-2019.’