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Dr Alex George pens moving message to late brother on his 20th birthday

Julia Hunt
·Contributor
·2-min read
Dr. Alex George posted his live reaction to the results of his antibodies test. (Doug Peters/EMPICS)
Dr Alex George (Doug Peters/EMPICS)

Love Island’s Dr Alex George has penned a moving tribute to his brother on what would have been his 20th birthday, saying he thinks about him every day.

The NHS doctor’s younger brother Llŷr took his own life last year.

Sharing a picture on Instagram of the pair together six years ago, George wrote: “Today would be your 20th birthday.

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“You were 14 in this picture. I remember how proud you were of me graduating as doctor. You ran up to me after the ceremony with the biggest smile."

The star, 30, went on: "I was so excited for you to follow in my footsteps, you would have been the most amazing doctor.

"Although I would never admit it to you, in honesty you were the smarter of the two. We are ten years and four days apart, this was supposed to be the start of your 20s. You would have loved medical school and gone on to achieve so much. The very kindest of souls."

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George - who works at University Hospital Lewisham - said he and his brother had so many plans "for road trips, adventures and enjoying cars".

"I think about you every single day my boy," he said. "It is impossibly hard at times, we miss you so much as a family.

"I have always been so proud of you. I hope you are proud of me. Love you my boy x.”

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The emotional message touched George's friends and fans, with many posting supportive comments on social media.

"He is proud mate!" said reality star Jake Quickenden. "Always here if you need a chat! Losing a brother is the hardest. Much love mate you’re doing incredible things."

"I love you," wrote fellow Love Islander Samira Mighty.

If you are in need of emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website, www.samaritans.org.

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