Tragedy behind Love Island star Mike Thalassitis’ social media posts

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis ' social media posts may have revealed how he was feeling.

The reality star was found dead on Saturday at the age of 26.

His heartbroken friends say he seemed happy and excited about the future.

But clearly, there was something different going on inside.

Mike was found hanging in a park near his childhood home in North London.

Body language expert Judi James examines his Instagram account to look at what his pictures revealed about him…

Perhaps the most tragic aspect of these photographs is that they illustrate how difficult it can be to divine genuine mood and emotions from social media posts.

On the surface we’re being shown a beautiful man who looks in the peak of physical fitness and we often make the mistake of assuming good looks and a gym-honed body must automatically also signal happiness and inner confidence.

Mike does look superficially like a man who has it all here: posing on holidays or on TV gigs or surrounded by smiling friends and fans, and it’s only when you look closer that you see he is often the only one not smiling in the group pictures.

He often adopts a straight stare into the camera and his signature gesture is holding the ring finger of his left hand.

Selfie photos can often be the most revealing as there is no social pressure to make the poser adopt a ‘fun’ pose, although the knowledge that they will be shared by their fans will often mean celebrities learn to adopt a signature ‘selfie’ face.

Mike’s seem to have involved a slight head tilt and that very straight stare. His most recent shots also included a steepled frown or puckering of the eyebrows and an eye expression that looks sad and rather confused.

But this is all retrospective and in the media-focused world of social media it could be all too easy to mistake the look for a normal male model-style facial pose.

Mike was found dead in a park in Edmonton, North London.

A Met Police 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. The man's next of kin have been informed. A file will be prepared for the coroner."

* Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected]

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