Sheridan Smith says Mike Thalassitis’ death should be a ‘massive wake up call’

The actress, who has been open about her mental health struggles, has spoken out after Mike was found dead at 26

Sheridan Smith has said that the tragic death of Mike Thalassitis should be a “masive wake up call”.

The Love Island star was found dead yesterday at the age of 26 in woodland near his Essex home.

Mike was a former footballer who enjoyed a successful playing career before he found fame on the ITV2 dating show in 2017.

His behaviour on the show saw him earn the nickname ‘Muggy Mike’ as well as a reputation as a reality villain.

Bafta award-winning actress Sheridan took to Twitter to share her views.

She said: “This should be a massive wake up call, I feel sick, reach out, sometimes to the most confident friend. we can only learn & try to change.”

Sheridan has been open about her mental health struggles, having suffered a breakdown following the death of her father Colin following a cancer battle in 2016.

Speaking about stepping down from her role in hit musical Funny Girl after discovering the extent of her father’s illness, Sheridan said she faced a “reality check”.

She said: “Basically, I have always been taught that, with my mum and dad saying that ‘the show must go on’, I wouldn’t go off for a cold or anything silly.

But when your dad has been diagnosed as not having long left, it was just to me, just a reality check on what was more important.

“Obviously, you don’t want to let people down because they have bought tickets, but at the same I don’t want to miss time with my dad. It was a hard decision.

“Maybe in another job where you can take time off. But I understood why I got the backlash

And rightly so because I do think it is a shame when people have booked tickets, like some a year in advance and travelled down, I totally get it, because I would be going mad as well.

“But I just wanted to be with dad.”