Warning: This article includes mentions of suicide.
In July 2020, Llŷr died at the age of 19 after taking his own life, with Alex saying in a statement at the time that he had ‘lost his little brother to mental health’.
Yesterday, the TV personality, 31, uploaded a picture of an empty seat at his family table and opened up on his grief on Instagram.
‘The empty chair,’ he began.
‘Your laugh and your smile. Your eye roll at Dad’s awful Dad jokes. The arguments over who has had the most pigs in blankets. Your love and your presence.
‘Today, our hearts ache. Because you are not not here. The empty seat will never be filled at the Christmas table. But you will never be forgotten and your love will always fill our hearts.’
He continued: ‘You have shaped our lives forever and we remember the Christmas days gone by with joy and love. With fond memories and a gratitude that you graced the family table.
Alex concluded his post by ‘sending love’ to families dealing with grief and reminded them that ‘you are not alone.’
Fans and friends rushed to the comments to share their support, with one person writing: ‘Sending a hug to you all today xx’
‘Sorry for your loss. Sending best wishes to you and your family,’ another added.
Earlier this year, Alex revealed he had gotten a tattoo design of his brother’s name in his own handwriting, on his right wrist underneath a symbol representing the sea.
‘Llŷr 💙 “God Of The Sea”. The most beautiful name, it means so much to have it done in his handwriting. We will never forget you my boy x,’ he wrote, explaining the meaning of the name.
Since his brother’s death, the former Love Island contestant has involved himself with mental health campaigns, including one for better mental health education in schools.
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