Dr Alex George opens up about ‘guilt’ over younger brother’s death

The Love Island star's brother Llŷr died by suicide in July


by Alex Ross |
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Love Island's Dr Alex George has confessed he felt 'tremendous guilt' following the tragic passing of his younger brother Llŷr after a 'mental health battle' in July.

Dr Alex, who works in the A&E department at Lewisham Hospital, appeared on today's (Monday 14th September) episode of Lorraine, where he opened up about the tragic loss.

Revealing he first discovered the news about his brother's death in a phone call from his father while out for dinner with friends, Dr Alex said he will never get over the news.

Speaking to host Lorraine Kelly, Dr Alex said, "I felt tremendous guilt instantly.

"You know, I'm the older brother, I always wanted to protect him, look after him. I thought, 'What could I have done differently? I'm supposed to be a mental health advocate and all the work I've done around it.'

"So it was anguish. It was the worst thing. Mental health and physical health is akin. Just as you can have a heart attack and pass away, mental health is just the same. It is an illness. That's why it's so important we treat it that way."

The Love Island star first broke the news of his brother's sad passing back in July, telling fans of Llŷr's dreams of following in his footsteps and becoming a doctor.

He wrote, "I can’t believe I am actually writing this post. I have lost my beautiful little brother to mental health. I love you so much Llŷr. The kindest and most caring soul.

"I was so proud of you starting medical school next month, you would have been the most incredible doctor. 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 ♥️."

Just three days ago, on World Suicide Prevention Day, Dr Alex urged his followers to seek help if they are struggling, writing, "Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. If you are struggling, just know that you are never alone. Please reach out and ask for help 💙 @samaritans 📞 116 123."

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Speaking on Lorraine about his family's heartbreaking loss, Dr Alex said, "I have to live my life before as after it happened and I realised that I'll never get over this."

If you've been affected by this story or would like to speak to someone, please contact Samaritans on 116 123, or email at jo@samaritans.org.

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