Mike Thalassitis took own life after consuming cocaine and alcohol
Mike Thalassitis took his own life after consuming cocaine and alcohol, an inquest has heard.
The former 'Love Island' contestant's death has been recorded as suicide in an inquest at North London Coroner’s Court today (05.06.19), with the cause of death ruled as cerebral hypoxia, a reduced supply of oxygen.
He was found hanged in woodland near his north London home on March 15th, and PC Emma Clawson has told the inquest that a notebook containing notes addressed to his family was found near his body.
She said: "I looked through the notebook it was a combination of a diary and letters and positive thoughts.
"At the back of the diary, there were a number of notes addressed to his family."
Traces of cocaine and alcohol were found in his system, as well as anti-depressant Fluoxetine.
The inquest was due to begin last week but was delayed because a senior coroner was unavailable.
In April, Mike's family, who attended the inquest today, set up a JustGiving fundraising page to raise money for Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) in his honour.
A statement on the page reads: "On 16th March 2019, at the young age of 26, Mike Thalassitis sadly took his own life.
"Mike was loved by so many and had such a promising future ahead of him. He had a close and supportive network of friends and family, a much loved public profile, a strong pipeline of promising new business ventures and financial stability enabling him more luxuries than most.
"Most crucially, he looked impeccably healthy from the outside (some even called him a 'Greek God'), and when surrounded by friends and family he was full of banter and sarcasm and always had a cheeky grin plastered across his face."
The message was shared by Mike's aunt, Francesca Goldsmid, shortly after his funeral on April 5th.
It continued: "Yet despite all this, and most importantly, deep down beneath the surface he was suffering from poor mental health - a dark depression that he kept very well hidden from even his closest friends and family. So on the 16th March, overwhelmed and exhausted by his private battle with depression, he made the tragic decision to give up the fight by ending his own life."
Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in the UK.