Mike Thalassitis’ restaurant to open soon following Love Island star’s suicide
A statement shared on The Skillet’s Instagram story read: ‘Just to address all the speculation. I would like to make it clear that we will be opening The Skillet when it is ready, it has been a tough week trying to continue to sort things out.
‘However, Mike would’ve wanted this café to open, he spent every day for the past couple of months working hard to make this place a success so we are pulling together to get this ready for everyone and especially Mike.
‘Can’t wait to share it with you all, and I will announce the date of the opening shortly.’
Heartbroken fans have left tributes and flowers in front of the café, which was due to open this month.
Police confirmed Mike died by suicide last week, after his body was found hanged in a park in North London.
In a statement to Metro.co.uk, a Mets spokesperson said: ‘Police were called to a park near Latymer Way, N9 at 09:28hrs 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.
‘Police are in the process of informing the man’s next of kin.
‘A file will be prepared for the coroner.’
A string of reality stars rushed to pay tribute to the former football star – with Montana Brown breaking down over his death.
And, after Johnny Mitchell, Jessica Shears and many more called for changes to be made to Love Island – following Sophie Gradon’s death last year – producers have confirmed they have new plans in place to protect all contestants.
‘When something so awful happens we naturally enter a period of soul searching and ask whether anything could have been done,’ Richard Cowles wrote in a letter.
‘This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us.’
The message, shared with Metro.co.uk, also revealed their ‘key focus will be for us to no longer be reliant on the Islanders asking us for support but for us to proactively check in with them on a regular basis’.
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