Love Island star devastated by sudden death of best pal | The Sun

LOVE Island's Alex Bowen shared the devastating news that his best friend Joe Richards had passed away on social media yesterday evening.

TV personality Alex Bowen, took to Instagram to share a touching tribute to his close friend with a series of images and a heartfelt message, in the wake of the sudden death.

The former Love Island star wrote: "Dunno what im feeling right now but I know that you made my life better, been there for me since the day we met I can’t believe your not gonna see my son grow up but im gonna make sure he knows who his uncle STIG was.

"I feel like I’ve lost a massive part of my life but I know im gonna celebrate your life every single day and your gonna live on in all of us.

"I just know you’re resting with you’re nan up there right now and that’s all you wanted.


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The images of the pair showcased precious moments including Alex embracing his friend Joe and the two wearing suits at Alex's wedding.

Alex's wife and fellow former Islander, Olivia Bowen, joined the comments to write: "Love you so much. ❤️", in support of her husband's loss.

Fellow star-studded friends and fellow ex-islanders also flocked to the comments to share their condolences, including former king of the villa, Nathan Massey, who wrote: "😢 This is devastating bro ! Made me feel so welcome at your stag 😢 rip pal x"

Former Geordie Shore star, Vicky Pattison, also wrote her condolences, commenting: "I'm so sorry Al 💔"

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The personal trainer, 28, recently welcomed his first child with wife Olivia this Summer, with the pair posting a snap cradling their new son on Instagram.

Olivia wrote: "Abel Jacob Bowen. You are everything. 10/06/22."

Alex also shared his own announcement, writing: "Abel Jacob Bowen, but you can call him AJ… The day our lives changed for the better."

The pair used social media to break their pregnancy news over the New Year, with Alex posting a picture of a series of baby related polaroids including an image of him kissing Olivia's growing bump.

Alongside the image he wrote: "This year we get to meet Baby Bowen."

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