Sheridan Smith: Mike Thalassitis’ death should be a wake up call

Sheridan Smith accepts the award for Best Drama Performance during the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, Londo
Sheridan Smith accepts the award for Best Drama Performance during the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

Sheridan Smith has said the death of former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis should be a “massive wake up call”.

Writing on Twitter, the Cleaning Up star, 37, said she had been left feeling ill by the news of the reality star’s death.

The Bafta award-winner asked fans to reach out to their friends, even those who might outwardly appear confident and happy.

“This should be a massive wake up call,” she said.

“I feel sick, reach out, sometimes to the most confident friend. We can only learn & try to change.”

Smith has spoken about her experience of mental illness. She suffered a breakdown following the death of her father Colin from cancer in 2016.

Thalassitis, a semi-professional footballer, died on Friday, his management confirmed.

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