Dr Alex George has told how he is ‘holding on by a thread’ as he hit out a troll who criticised him for being on social media after the tragic death of his brother Llyr.
The former Love Island star, 29, took to Instagram on Saturday where he shared a clip from an idyllic seaside setting.
But he was left shocked when a follower took issue with him for being on social media so shortly after Llyr passed away last month, following a battle with mental health.
Alex took a screen grab of the exchange, in which the person responded to his seaside picture with the comment: ‘your brother is dead get off social media.’
Sharing his anguish at the response, Alex penned: ‘Imagining being this person. I’m holding by a thread and you get people like this.’
In his next Instagram story, the medic explained to his fans why he was on social media, as he thanked them for support during this tough time.
He wrote: ‘I am honest and open with you all. The good, the bad and the ugly.
‘There is so much that isn’t shared online of course. So many of you are so kind and message me each day with well wishes.’
He concluded: ‘I often post to let you know I am still going strong x.’
Alex recently confirmed that his brother’s funeral took place on Monday.
While the following day, he paid a heartbreaking tribute to his younger brother.
Sharing a photo of him with his arm around his sibling, standing in front of a scenic backdrop, Alex captioned the image: ‘Yesterday I said goodbye to my little brother Llŷr. It was the hardest day of my life.
‘Except it wasn’t goodbye. Llŷr, your dream was to become a doctor, you will live that dream. Every patient I see, we will do it together, you and I ❤️
‘Your favourite passion is cars, every time I am out driving, I know you will be there laughing and smiling with me.
‘I love you so much Llŷr, you are always with me, my boy ❤️’
Ahead of Monday’s funeral, the A&E doctor wrote: ‘Life throws us in at the deep end sometimes, however, with family and friends we overcome the most seemingly insurmountable challenges. Today is for you Llyr.’
The previous evening, Dr Alex shared a post which read: ‘Tomorrow will be the hardest day of my life. We will get through for Llŷr and the rest of the family.’
Llyr died just weeks before he was due to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and start medical school.
Announcing the tragic news last month, Alex 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.’
It is believed Dr Alex’s brother would have been 19 at the time of his death.