Mike Thalassitis inquest is delayed just days before new Love Island series starts
MIKE Thalassitis’s inquest has been delayed until two days after Love Island 2019 starts.
Mike, 26, was found hanged in a park after a suspected suicide near his family home in Edmonton, North London on March 15.
The inquest into the tragic reality TV star’s death had been scheduled for May 29, but will now be held on June 5.
Mike is believed to have been grieving the death of his 94-year-old gran and faced mounting debts before his death.
A new series of the smash-hit ITV series launches on June 3 with 12 new Islanders.
But Love Island has come under fire after the deaths of Mike and another ex-contestant, Sophie Gradon, 32.
LOVE ISLAND DEATHS
Former beauty queen Sophie took cocaine and drank alcohol before hanging herself on June 20 at her family home, an inquest heard last month.
ITV bosses are boosting after-care for Love Island contestants in the wake of the tragedies.
Stars of the show will be given training in dealing with social media trolls and financial planning.
But Love Island presenter Caroline Flack ,39, hit back at critics blaming the show for the deaths.
It's dangerous and I'm really, really angry. It's not just that you're blaming a TV show, you're blaming people and their jobs
She told Cosmopolitan magazine: "It's dangerous and I'm really, really angry.
"It's not just that you're blaming a TV show, you're blaming people and their jobs.
"In life, we all have a duty of care to look out for each other, but I don't think it's fair to point fingers of blame.
"This is a much bigger issue than just a reality TV show, and when something this bad happens… when something this horrible and sad occurs, it's so dangerous to point fingers within hours and minutes of it happening."
She added: “None of us know what's going through someone's mind and we can't sit there and speculate.”
ITV faces further scrutiny after The Jeremy Kyle show was axed following the suicide of Steve Dymond, 63, who failed a lie detector test on the show.
Mike, who appeared in Love Island 2017, had been planning to open a new Essex restaurant with his business partner before his death.
He spent his last few hours drinking in a well-known Towie pub in Essex.
Love Island star Montana Brown revealed Mike Thalassitis was in a “dark place” before his death.
Mike’s inquest will be held at North London Coroner's Court next Wednesday.
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