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Love Island’s Dr Alex George thanks rarely seen brother for being ‘his rock’ after the death of their other sibling

LOVE Island's Dr Alex George thanked his rarely-seen brother for being "his rock" after their siblings tragic death earlier this year.

The 27-year-old star was left devastated in July when his youngest brother Llŷr lost his battle with mental health.

And Alex has now paid tribute to sibling Elliott for keeping him going over their family's difficult few months.

Sharing a photo of himself with his arm around Elliott at Donnington Park Race Circuit, Alex wrote: "So proud of my brother, been such a rock for me over the last few months.

"Love you mate 👊 Family first 💙"

The NHS hero also took to his Instagram Story to share a poignant message with struggling followers.

He wrote: "You are never alone. There is always hope.

"Please reach out. People care. I care."

Last month, Alex bravely opened up about Llŷr's death in a moving interview on Lorraine.

Llŷr took his own life at the age of 20, having planned to follow in his big brother's footsteps and become a doctor.

Alex told the host he would "never get over" the grief while speaking about the "tremendous guilt" he felt over not being able to protect him.

He said: "It’s been the toughest time of my life imaginable. It’s something as a family that we never expected.

"We were so excited for Llŷr to go to medical school. We were all looking forward to the future and the pandemic coming to an end.

"I was at a restaurant when I found out - eating with my friends. I had a phone call with my dad. I could tell something was wrong. I think the world came down."

He added: "My life is before and after this. I’ll never get over it."

Dr Alex George takes his mind off grieving late brother Llyr by wakeboarding with other sibling Elliot

"I felt tremendous guilt. I am his older brother, I’m supposed to protect him."

Elliott ended up driving Alex home to Wales and he opened up about the toll it took on his own mental health.

Alex shared: "We sat in silence for five hours, crying and shouting and letting out this anguish. I went in different parts of my mind on that journey - dark parts."

The dedicated star returned to his work in a hospital just three weeks after Llŷr's passing, admitting that the tragedy had spurred him on to help as many other people as possible.

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