Ranvir Singh breaks down in tears as Dr Alex George speaks about brother’s death

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Ranvir Singh broke down in tears on Tuesday's Lorraine as she told Dr Alex George she thought he was "amazing" for the way he has dealt with his brother's tragic death.

Former Love Island star Dr Alex lost his brother Llyr a year ago to suicide and spoke about how his family had been coping with their loss on Lorraine, where he often appears to give medical advice.

The A&E doctor's younger brother was just 19 when he died and presenter Ranvir, who is standing in for Lorraine Kelly, was overcome with emotion as she heard his family's story.

She fought back tears at the end of the interview as she told him: "I think you're amazing… for what you do, with all the pain you've carried."

Ranvir had to break off as Dr Alex replied: "Thank you, we get through."

She continued through tears: "I feel quite emotional speaking to you, because we all think of our own families, so thank you for everything you're doing."

Dr Alex, 30, has worked throughout the pandemic treating coronavirus patients in A&E while also dealing with his devastating loss.

He has recently taken time out from his day job to help to develop mental health outreach projects for young people in tribute to Llyr.

He said: "I think the hardest part of it is that you'll never have an absolute understanding of why and every day we think of my brother and of course we think what if, I wish we could have that conversation.

"The hardest thing around losing Llyr was that we didn't feel like we had the chance to help him," he continued. "It's very important to look out for a change in behaviour of family and friends but we also need people to feel when they are struggling they can talk about it and I don't think Llyr felt like he could say it.

"It was there and I worry that shame was a big part of that."

Last Friday marked the one year anniversary of Llyr's death and Dr Alex said that he had been able to get through the terrible year with the support of his family, friends and girlfriend Ellie Hecht.

He said: "Ellie alongside my friends and family has been an amazing support to me. There's moments in this last year where I've really struggled, I'm very happy to say that, and we need the people around us to support us.

"There's such a great amount of strength in being able to bring people in when you need that support, it gives you so much resilience to deal with almost anything," he continued.

"Resilience isn't the bullets bouncing off you because you're strong and don't need help, resilience is being able to bend and flex by bringing people in to help you and then pick yourself up again."

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

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