Mike Thalassitis: Friends of late Love Island star hold vigil in North London park where he died

Rebecca Speare-Cole

The friends of 26-year-old Mike Thalassitis gathered to hold a vigil after his untimely death in a north London park.

The former Love island contestant and footballer was found dead in Edmonton’s woodland near his north London home on Saturday, March 16.

Friends lit lanterns in the park in commemoration of the reality TV star before releasing them into the sky.

Sharing a short video of the vigil his friend, Michelle wrote: “Goodnight @mikethalassitis Catch those lanterns in the sky."

Former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis who died aged 26 (PA)

In another tweet, Michelle posted a second video showing tributes by a tree with the caption: “For @mikethalassitis".

The group brought a huge array of flowers and rested them by a tree, alongside scattered tea-lights and pictures of Mr Thalassitis with his friends.

Letters were pinned onto the tree trunk and one included heartfelt words about struggling with depression.

"People that keep trying to find a reason why someone is depressed etc have never understood neither themselves known anyone suffering," it read.

"You can get depression even if you have all the money in the world and life is looking good and on the up – it's an illness that takes over your mood and thoughts".

"I feel like you've definitely impacted the world on a positive level – as well as shocking many and causing sleepless nights, I think this can help save other lives in future.

"I'm just sorry we couldn't save yours."

On March 16, a Met Police spokesperson said: "Police were called to a park near Latymer Way, N9 at 0928hrs on Saturday, 16 March to reports of a man found hanged.

"Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found a man, aged in his 20s deceased.

"At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious."

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