TOWIE star Harry Derbidge’s ex Rhys Alan Smith tragically passes away

TOWIE star Harry Derbidge’s ex Rhys Alan Smith has died.

According to The Sun, Rhys was found dead in Tenerife last week, where he is said to have lived. His cause of death is unknown.     

Gemma Collins led the heartbreaking tributes to Rhys as she commented on the reality star’s last shared picture to Instagram on 3 April, while Harry is said to be ‘absolutely devastated’ over the news. 

Heartbreaking: TOWIE star Harry Derbidge's ex Rhys Alan Smith has died after he was found dead in Tenerife last week (pictured together in 2013)

Heartbreaking: TOWIE star Harry Derbidge's ex Rhys Alan Smith has died after he was found dead in Tenerife last week (pictured together in 2013)

Heartbreaking: TOWIE star Harry Derbidge’s ex Rhys Alan Smith has died after he was found dead in Tenerife last week (pictured together in 2013) 

Rhys dated TOWIE star Harry in 2013 with the former couple regularly appearing at events together before Harry dated Bobby Norris. 

In 2014, Harry, who is now engaged to beau Dean Rowland, split from Bobby after he told the reality star he had slept with Rhys at the beginning of their romance. 

Only recently on TOWIE, Harry and Bobby have been caught in several bitter rows as they addressed their past split, although Rhys was never directly named on the show. 

Gemma, 40, who was good friends with Rhys, put: ‘My heart will never be the same I won’t ever be the same love you Reece ❤️.’

So sad: Gemma Collins led the heartbreaking tributes to Rhys as she commented on the reality star's last shared picture on 3 April (pictured together in a throwback photo shared by Rhys earlier this year)

So sad: Gemma Collins led the heartbreaking tributes to Rhys as she commented on the reality star's last shared picture on 3 April (pictured together in a throwback photo shared by Rhys earlier this year)

So sad: Gemma Collins led the heartbreaking tributes to Rhys as she commented on the reality star’s last shared picture on 3 April (pictured together in a throwback photo shared by Rhys earlier this year) 

Sad: Gemma, 40, put: 'My heart will never be the same I won’t ever be the same love you Reece ❤️', while James Argent added: 'Love you mate,' followed by a heart emoji and praying hands

Sad: Gemma, 40, put: 'My heart will never be the same I won’t ever be the same love you Reece ❤️', while James Argent added: 'Love you mate,' followed by a heart emoji and praying hands

Sad: Gemma, 40, put: ‘My heart will never be the same I won’t ever be the same love you Reece ❤️’, while James Argent added: ‘Love you mate,’ followed by a heart emoji and praying hands 

While Gemma’s ex James Argent added: ‘Love you mate,’ followed by a heart emoji and praying hands. 

A source close to Harry told OK!: ‘Harry’s absolutely devastated to hear that Rhys has died. It has come as such a huge shock to him. He’s been crying all day.’

While they added that Harry’s cousin, Amy Childs, is also heartbroken, they continued: ‘She is so shocked, she couldn’t believe it when she heard the news. 

‘She’s been trying to comfort Harry, but he is inconsolable. It’s just so, so sad.’

'Heartbroken': Harry, right, and his cousin Amy Childs, left, are said to be 'absolutely devastated' over the news (pictured together in July)

'Heartbroken': Harry, right, and his cousin Amy Childs, left, are said to be 'absolutely devastated' over the news (pictured together in July)

‘Heartbroken’: Harry, right, and his cousin Amy Childs, left, are said to be ‘absolutely devastated’ over the news (pictured together in July) 

Exes: Rhys dated TOWIE star Harry in 2013 with the former couple regularly appearing at events together before Harry dated Bobby Norris (Harry and Bobby pictured in 2014)

Exes: Rhys dated TOWIE star Harry in 2013 with the former couple regularly appearing at events together before Harry dated Bobby Norris (Harry and Bobby pictured in 2014)

Exes: Rhys dated TOWIE star Harry in 2013 with the former couple regularly appearing at events together before Harry dated Bobby Norris (Harry and Bobby pictured in 2014) 

MailOnline has contacted Harry’s representative and TOWIE for further comment. 

Rhys’ last Instagram post was on April 3 where he shared a photo of himself in Tenerife captioned: ‘Quality time with myself.’ 

Prior to that, he had spent time in Dubai where he had shared several pictures of himself enjoying various activities such as kayaking with friends. 

Rhys dated TOWIE star Harry in 2013 with the former couple regularly appearing at events together before Harry dated Bobby. 

Last photo: Rhys' last Instagram post was on April 3 where he shared a photo of himself in Tenerife captioned: 'Quality time with myself'

Last photo: Rhys' last Instagram post was on April 3 where he shared a photo of himself in Tenerife captioned: 'Quality time with myself'

Last photo: Rhys’ last Instagram post was on April 3 where he shared a photo of himself in Tenerife captioned: ‘Quality time with myself’  

 

In 2014, Harry, who is now engaged to beau Dean, split from Bobby after he told the reality star he had slept with Rhys at the beginning of their romance.    

He said at the time: ‘Before I tell you this I absolutely love you so much. Please don’t cry, please. When we was in Tenerife I did sleep with my ex. I’m f**king so sorry because I f**king never meant to hurt you, I really didn’t.’ 

Only recently on TOWIE, Harry and Bobby have been caught in several bitter rows as they addressed their past split, although Rhys was never directly named on the show. 

Bobby, who went on to ‘take a break’ from the ITVBe series, branded Harry a ‘compulsive liar’ and accused him of trying to ‘rewrite the history’ of their break-up, which took place seven years ago. 

Explosive: Only recently on TOWIE, Harry and Bobby have been caught in several bitter rows as they addressed their past split, although Rhys was never directly named on the show

Explosive: Only recently on TOWIE, Harry and Bobby have been caught in several bitter rows as they addressed their past split, although Rhys was never directly named on the show

Explosive: Only recently on TOWIE, Harry and Bobby have been caught in several bitter rows as they addressed their past split, although Rhys was never directly named on the show 

The reality star’s pal Amy Childs – who is also Harry’s cousin – tried to build bridges between the pair by inviting them both to dinner, however the meeting ended in a bitter row and Bobby stormed off. 

Harry had been unhappy with Amy carrying on a friendship with his ex, despite the fact their relationship ended seven years ago and Harry is now engaged. 

During a dramatic episode, Harry said: ‘I do think it’s a bit strange that you two are now buddies. I’m hearing a lot about you.’

Unimpressed, Bobby responded: ‘That we’ve gone furniture shopping? What part don’t you like?’

'Liar': Bobby branded Harry, pictured, a 'compulsive liar' and accused him of trying to 'rewrite the history' of their break-up, which took place seven years ago

'Liar': Bobby branded Harry, pictured, a 'compulsive liar' and accused him of trying to 'rewrite the history' of their break-up, which took place seven years ago

‘Liar’: Bobby branded Harry, pictured, a ‘compulsive liar’ and accused him of trying to ‘rewrite the history’ of their break-up, which took place seven years ago  

Harry replied: ‘Cause we never had a good ending. I was thrown under the bus.’ 

Bobby said: ‘I don’t think you can rewrite history. It’s like trying to say the Titanic never sunk, saying you never cheated on me. I know you cheated on me.’

Harry acknowledged he slept with his ex-boyfriend but insisted it wasn’t when he and Bobby were together.

Sad: Earlier this year, Rhys had spent time in Dubai where he had shared several pictures of himself enjoying various activities such as kayaking with friends (pictured in March)

Sad: Earlier this year, Rhys had spent time in Dubai where he had shared several pictures of himself enjoying various activities such as kayaking with friends (pictured in March)

Sad: Earlier this year, Rhys had spent time in Dubai where he had shared several pictures of himself enjoying various activities such as kayaking with friends (pictured in March) 

Not believing his former flame, Bobby stormed out of the restaurant and said: ‘Amy I love you, I’ve got a lot of time for you, [to Harry] you’re full of s**t.’  

Rhys was good friends with Gemma and they regularly went on fun holidays together. 

In January, Rhys shared a sweet birthday post to Gemma where he shared a collection of throwback photos.

He captioned it with: ‘Happy Birthday My Gucci @gemmacollins love & miss you loads! Over & out crackle crackle…. ✨.’  

Friendship: Rhys was good friends with Gemma and they regularly went on fun holidays together (pictured in throwback picture)

Friendship: Rhys was good friends with Gemma and they regularly went on fun holidays together (pictured in throwback picture)

Friendship: Rhys was good friends with Gemma and they regularly went on fun holidays together (pictured in throwback picture) 

Pals: In January, Rhys shared a sweet birthday post to Gemma where he shared a collection of throwback photos (pictured)

Pals: In January, Rhys shared a sweet birthday post to Gemma where he shared a collection of throwback photos (pictured)

Pals: In January, Rhys shared a sweet birthday post to Gemma where he shared a collection of throwback photos (pictured)  

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