Dr Alex George has given heartfelt thanks to his brother Elliott, months after the tragic death of their brother Llŷr.

Alex told in July that Llŷr had taken his own life at the age of 20 following a mental health struggle, having planned to follow in Alex's footsteps and become a doctor.

Now Alex has branded Elliott his "rock over the last few months."

Sharing a snap of the two of them at a race track, Dr Alex - who's been battling coronavirus on the frontline - penned: "So proud of my brother, been such a rock for me over the last few months. Love you mate. Family first."

Alex thanked Elliott for being his 'rock'

Alex has been open about his grief, sitting down for a heart-to-heart with Lorraine and sharing important messages for those who need to hear them.

"You are never alone," he wrote on Instagram, "There is always hope. Please reach out. People care. I care."

And he told Lorraine that he and Elliott sat in silence for five hours as they drove back to London from south Wales.

Llŷr took his own life in July
Llŷr was going to follow in Alex's footsteps and become a doctor

He recalled: "I was at a restaurant when I found out. I had a phone call from my dad and I could tell from the call he'd passed away, just that something bad had happened.

"When he said it was Llŷr, my world kind of ended in that sense, the world came down on my shoulders almost.

"My brother Elliott picked me up and drove me back to Wales."

He recalled finding out about Llŷr's death
Lorraine Kelly reached out to Alex amid his grief

Alex added: "We sat in silence for like five hours, between each of us crying and shouting, letting out this anguish I guess, it was weird.

"I went into different parts of my mind, really dark parts to be honest. Just disbelief, I couldn't believe this had happened."

He went on to praise his mum and dad, and how well they'd raised the family.

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