Love Islands Jack Fowler bursts into tears as he pays moving tribute to friend, 35, who died – Daily Mail

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Love Island’s Jack Fowler burst into tears as he paid tribute to his late friend Kevin Smith in a moving Instagram video on Thursday. 

Kevin, 35, is thought to have been practising underwater photography with a friend in Punta Galera, a cove near the popular resort of San Antonio, on Wednesday evening when he drowned. 

Devastated Jack also penned a poignant message alongside photos of their memories together. He wrote: ‘I feel broken hearted with knowing you’re not here anymore Kev. 

Heartbreaking: Love Island's Jack Fowler burst into tears as he paid tribute to his late friend Kevin Smith in a moving Instagram video on Thursday

Heartbreaking: Love Island's Jack Fowler burst into tears as he paid tribute to his late friend Kevin Smith in a moving Instagram video on Thursday

Heartbreaking: Love Island’s Jack Fowler burst into tears as he paid tribute to his late friend Kevin Smith in a moving Instagram video on Thursday

‘I remember when I first met you I knew you were going to be in my life for a long time. I told you many times that people like you are so rare to find and that anyone who met you or had you in their life was extremely lucky.

‘We have so many memories together that I honestly will cherish for rest of my life.

‘I love you bro and I feel completely empty inside knowing I’m not going to see your piercing blue eyes, infectious smile or hear you contagious laugh anymore. I’m so sorry that it’s happened like this. I really love you bro and I miss you so much already.’ 

Devastated: Jack shared a video saying: 'I feel broken hearted with knowing you're not here anymore Kev' and took to Instagram to share some of their memories together

Devastated: Jack shared a video saying: 'I feel broken hearted with knowing you're not here anymore Kev' and took to Instagram to share some of their memories together

Devastated: Jack shared a video saying: ‘I feel broken hearted with knowing you’re not here anymore Kev’ and took to Instagram to share some of their memories together

Jack shared photos of himself and Kevin partying in Ibiza and enjoying dinner together. 

Taking to his Instagram stories, Jack sobbed in his car as he said in a video: ‘Yesterday I lost one of my boys. Kevin. He was one of the boys that always enjoyed life.’

The Love Island star urged people to donate to a GoFundMe page, launched by his family, to help bring his body back to the UK.  

Jack added: ‘I know the family and friends and everyone who met him would be eternally grateful if we could help get him home. Anyone who met Kevin knew he just loved life.’ 

Emotional: Taking to his Instagram stories, Jack sobbed in his car as he said in a video: 'Yesterday I lost one of my boys. Kevin. He was one of the boys that always enjoyed life.

Emotional: Taking to his Instagram stories, Jack sobbed in his car as he said in a video: 'Yesterday I lost one of my boys. Kevin. He was one of the boys that always enjoyed life.

Emotional: Taking to his Instagram stories, Jack sobbed in his car as he said in a video: ‘Yesterday I lost one of my boys. Kevin. He was one of the boys that always enjoyed life.

Teary: The Love Island star urged people to donate to a GoFundMe page , launched by his family, to help bring his body back to the UK

Teary: The Love Island star urged people to donate to a GoFundMe page , launched by his family, to help bring his body back to the UK

Teary: The Love Island star urged people to donate to a GoFundMe page , launched by his family, to help bring his body back to the UK

At the time of publication, the fundraiser has surpassed its £20,000 goal and has raised more than £36,000. 

Jack, Michelle Keegan, TOWIE’s Amber Turner and Josh Denzel were among some of the top donations.   

A host of Jack’s celebrity pals shared their condolences in the comments section of his moving tribute. 

Mark Wright’s mum Carol wrote: ‘He really was one sweet caring lovely boy’, while former TOWIE co-star Danielle Armstrong added: ‘Sending my love’. 

Jack’s Love Island pal Josh typed: ‘Bro so so so so so so so sorry to hear this Kev was a clean hearted soul. He was a highlight of my summer.’ 

Celebrity personal trainer Bradley Simmonds added: ‘Sorry for your loss mate’.   

Tribute: 'I love you bro and I feel completely empty inside knowing I'm not going to see your piercing blue eyes, infectious smile or hear you contagious laugh anymore', Jack said

Tribute: 'I love you bro and I feel completely empty inside knowing I'm not going to see your piercing blue eyes, infectious smile or hear you contagious laugh anymore', Jack said

Tribute: ‘I love you bro and I feel completely empty inside knowing I’m not going to see your piercing blue eyes, infectious smile or hear you contagious laugh anymore’, Jack said

Memories: Jack shared photos of himself and Kevin partying in Ibiza

Memories: Jack shared photos of himself and Kevin partying in Ibiza

Memories: Jack shared photos of himself and Kevin partying in Ibiza

Party boys: 'We have so many memories together that I honestly will cherish for rest of my life,' Jack said

Party boys: 'We have so many memories together that I honestly will cherish for rest of my life,' Jack said

Party boys: ‘We have so many memories together that I honestly will cherish for rest of my life,’ Jack said 

Support: A host of Jack's celebrity pals shared their condolences in the comments section of his moving tribute

Support: A host of Jack's celebrity pals shared their condolences in the comments section of his moving tribute

Support: A host of Jack’s celebrity pals shared their condolences in the comments section of his moving tribute

So sad: The pair had been friends for years with Jack sharing some messages from 2018

So sad: The pair had been friends for years with Jack sharing some messages from 2018

Emotional: Jack shared some of the messages he sent to Kevin including one where he said he was glad he was 'living your life to the fullest'

Emotional: Jack shared some of the messages he sent to Kevin including one where he said he was glad he was 'living your life to the fullest'

Emotional: Jack shared some of the messages he sent to Kevin including one where he said he was glad he was ‘living your life to the fullest’

It was reported Kevin came into difficulty while trying to take photos underwater, with his friend raising the alarm around 6.15pm on Wednesday. 

Police and paramedics attended and pulled him from the water, but were sadly unable to save his life. 

The cove where Kevin was found has rock platforms popular for cliff jumping and sunset viewing as well as snorkelling. 

The Essex-born expat is believed to have been taking underwater pictures when he got into difficulties.

Tragic: Kevin, 35, (pictured) is thought to have got into difficulty while practising underwater photography in Punta Galera, a cove near San Antonio, on Wednesday

Tragic: Kevin, 35, (pictured) is thought to have got into difficulty while practising underwater photography in Punta Galera, a cove near San Antonio, on Wednesday

Tragic: Kevin, 35, (pictured) is thought to have got into difficulty while practising underwater photography in Punta Galera, a cove near San Antonio, on Wednesday 

Diving spot: The cove where Kevin was found has rock platforms popular for cliff jumping and sunset viewing as well as snorkelling

Diving spot: The cove where Kevin was found has rock platforms popular for cliff jumping and sunset viewing as well as snorkelling

Diving spot: The cove where Kevin was found has rock platforms popular for cliff jumping and sunset viewing as well as snorkelling

Ibiza-based friend Nick Barlow described the dedicated sportsman, thought to have worked as a personal trainer, as an ‘action man’ in a Facebook tribute after learning of his death. 

Morgan Brazier, who launched the fundraising appeal which surpassed its £20,000 goal in just five hours, said: ‘I think I speak for us all when I say that we are heartbroken to of heard the news that our good friend Kevin sadly lost his life in a tragic snorkelling accident yesterday. 

‘Kevin has had so many mental and physical battles whilst always on the search to live his dream life. 

‘After nearly two years of moving to Ibiza, grinding through each lockdown, he finally was able to live his dream and enjoy his hiking, snorkelling, chasing the sunsets and discovering new locations. 

‘He was so open and friendly with a very strong moral compass. He was an inspiration and loved by so many. 

‘With the travel restrictions that are in place, there are complications with his family going to get him and bringing him home. 

Accident: The Essex-born expat is believed to have been taking underwater pictures when he got into difficulties in Punta Galera

Accident: The Essex-born expat is believed to have been taking underwater pictures when he got into difficulties in Punta Galera

Accident: The Essex-born expat is believed to have been taking underwater pictures when he got into difficulties in Punta Galera 

‘This is why we have set up this go fund me so we can help his family bring him home as soon as physically possible, privately if we are able to.’ 

One well-wisher donated a staggering £1,500 and three others made four-figure donations. 

Scott Neilson said: ‘Love you Kev. You will be truly missed by so many people. Words can’t even describe the feelings at the moment. Your never be forgotten mate and your get 1 hell of a send off! Love ya mate.’ 

Tom Stevens added: ‘No words to describe the happiest & funniest people I knew. Not to mention one of my best friends. I love you mate thinking of you always.’ 

Travel reviews describe Punta Galera as an old stone quarry next to the sea which is away from tourist crowds but popular with nudists. 

One adds: ‘It is little visited, among other things because there is neither a bar nor sand. 

‘However, it is easy to jump into the water as the depth is more than two metres, apart from a few places where you can get out over shallower submerged rocks.’ 

The quiet spot is reached by taking the road from San Antonio to Santa Agnes and turning off towards the sea before the beautiful bay called Cala Salada, 

RIP: Ibiza-based friend Nick Barlow described the dedicated sportsman, thought to have worked as a personal trainer, as an 'action man' in a Facebook tribute after learning of his death

RIP: Ibiza-based friend Nick Barlow described the dedicated sportsman, thought to have worked as a personal trainer, as an 'action man' in a Facebook tribute after learning of his death

RIP: Ibiza-based friend Nick Barlow described the dedicated sportsman, thought to have worked as a personal trainer, as an ‘action man’ in a Facebook tribute after learning of his death

 

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