The death of TOWIE star Harry Derbidge’s ex-boyfriend Rhys Alan Smith is not being treated as “suspicious.”
Rhys, who is thought to have been training to be a massage therapist, was found dead in Tenerife last week.
Following police officers being called to an address in Granadilla de Abona in Tenerife on April 22, a police source told that “there were no obvious signs of any violence and at this stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious or the result of a crime.”
One well-placed insider said on Tuesday: “The alarm was raised around 3.50 am.
“A man was confirmed as being dead at the address officers went to in Granadilla de Abona.
“An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death is still ongoing and a report has been sent to a local court coordinating the probe.
“But there were no obvious signs of any violence and at this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious or the result of a crime.”
On Monday evening, Essex native Harry paid tribute to his former flame and told his followers that he is devastated at hearing about the loss of Rhys.
The pair had remained good friends after their romance came to an end.
Alongside a number of snaps in happier times, Harry penned: “I can’t believe I’m even writing this. Rhys was such a big part of my life and I will never forget the memories we shared together.
“He was the most caring and thoughtful man and this news has truly broken my heart.
“My thoughts right now are with he’s family, mum, brother, sister, nieces, nephews, Nan and all he’s friends. I still can’t believe this is true. RIP Rhys, I will never forget you. (sic)”
Harry and Rhys were in a relationship in 2013.
Makeup artist Harry admitted he had cheated with Rhys while in a relationship with TOWIE co-star Bobby Norris.
The drama resurfaced was relived on a recent TOWIE storyline as Bobby and Harry clashed on screen.
While the duo did not name Rhys directly, he was alluded to on the ITVBe show as Bobby said he was trying to understand what happened.
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In 2014 Harry confessed to Bobby that he’d slept with Rhys while they were a couple.
Recalling the cheating, Harry told Bobby they weren’t officially an item at that point.
Following the showdown, Bobby announced he was taking a hiatus from the reality series.
A number of former TOWIE stars have spoken out on Rhys’ death over the last few days, sharing tributes to social media.
Gemma Collins said: “My heart will never be the same I won’t ever be the same love you Reece (sic).”
James Argent posted: “RIP Rhys. A lovely human being and the most beautiful person inside and out.”
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