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Dr Alex George recalls the moment he found out about his younger brother’s death: ‘My world fell apart’

"It was the most indescribable physical pain I’ve ever felt..."

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Dr Alex George has opened up about the moment he found out about his younger brother’s death.

The Love Island star’s 19-year-old brother Llŷr tragically took his own life in July, following a private battle with his mental health.

The 30-year-old shared his heartache in an emotional essay published by The Sun to mark ‘Blue Monday’, which is said to be “the most depressing day of the year”.

Alex wrote: “I was at a restaurant when I found out. My dad called me and immediately I could tell something was wrong, something bad had happened.”

Alex with his brother Llyr

“I asked him who had passed away. What came next was the most indescribable physical pain I’ve ever felt,” he admitted.

“He told me my youngest brother Llŷr had died, and he’d taken his own life at the age of 19. In that moment my world fell apart, it came down around me. It shattered.”

Alex admitted there had been “so many” depressing days in the past year, but that Blue Monday was a good opportunity to discuss mental health.

 

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The reality star described his brother as his “mini-me”, adding that Llŷr was “bright, talented, funny, empathetic, good-looking and just weeks away from starting medical school.”

“He would have been a credit to my profession and to society. He was one of the good guys.

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“Not once did Llŷr tell me how he was feeling. I’m a doctor, we were very close, he knew I was a mental health advocate and hugely passionate about it.

“I miss being brothers with Llŷr and while I’ve always been a mental health advocate, losing him galvanised the passion I have for it.”

 

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Alex continued: “Getting that phone call from my dad to tell me was the most indescribable physical pain I’ve ever felt. There’s nothing like it.

“That pain will be there for the rest of my life but at some point I hope I’ll learn to live alongside it.

“Whatever you’re feeling on Blue Monday, make sure you take some time to check in on loved ones. I most definitely will be.”

If you have been affected by anything in this article, please visit www.pieta.ie or call 1800 247 247. 

 

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