Dr Alex’s younger brother Llyr was training to be a doctor and was described as the “kindest and most caring soul”.
Love Island star Dr Alex George has revealed that his younger brother has died after struggling with his mental health.
In an emotional Instagram post, the NHS doctor said “no words can explain” how he felt after the loss of his brother Llyr.
“I can’t believe I am actually writing this post,” he said. “I have lost my beautiful little brother to mental health. I love you so much Llyr.”
Describing his brother as the “kindest and most caring soul”, Dr Alex told his followers how his younger brother had been training to become a doctor.
“I was so proud of you starting medical school next month, you would have been the most incredible doctor,” he said.
The reality star continued: “We are hurting so bad. No words can explain. As a family we are devastated.
“We love you and miss you so much. Please rest in peace x Our boy.”
Dr Alex’s fellow Love Island stars rushed to support him, with Wes Nelson writing: “So sorry to hear this Alex! Stay strong I love you mate!”
Rosie Williams added: “Oh no Alex! This is so awful. I’m so so sorry from the bottom of my heart. Sending you all the love in the world.
“Thinking of you and your family through this terrible time.”
Samira Mighty, who appeared on the same season as Dr Alex, wrote: “Stay strong.”
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Dr Alex, 30, has continued to work as an NHS doctor after starring in the reality series in 2018.
He has regularly shared Instagram videos throughout the coronavirus pandemic offering advice on subjects including face masks and social bubbles.
Just months ago, he shared a post titled “WHY MENTAL HEALTH EFFECTS US ALL (sic)”.
“Each and every one of us has been through so much in the last few months. I am certain most of us have had ups and downs, good days and bad,” he said.
“Mental health awareness week brings us the opportunity to spread the word that it’s ok, to not be ok and that there is no shame in reaching out and asking for help.”
:: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK.