Death of Towie star Harry Derbidge’s ex-boyfriend Rhys Alan Smith not being treated as suspicious, cops reveal
COPS have confirmed they are not treating the death of Towie star Harry Derbidge’s ex-boyfriend as suspicious.
The Towie cast were left heartbroken at the weekend after it emerged Rhys Alan Smith – who has been at the centre of a recent storyline with Bobby Norris and Harry – had died in Tenerife, where he was living.
Today, Spanish police sources on the island revealed officers had been called to an address in Granadilla de Abona in the south of the island in the early hours of Thursday morning.
One insider said: “The alarm was raised around 3.50am. 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.”
Initial reports had pointed to Rhys being found dead in Tenerife the week before last.
He was close friends with several cast members, in particular Gemma Collins and James Argent.
Gemma said in an emotional social media tribute: “My heart will never be the same. I won’t ever be the same, love you Reece.”·
While Arg wrote: “Love you mate.”
Harry and Rhys dated back in 2013 and make-up artist Harry later admitted he slept with Rhys when he had started dating Bobby.
The topic has been at the centre of a recent storyline as Bobby and Harry have come face to face on screen once again.
While Rhys hasn’t been directly named, he has been referred to on numerous occasions as Bobby tried to get to the bottom of what happened.
Back in 2014, Harry told Bobby he had slept with Rhys when they were together.
He said: "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."
However, fast forward to this year and Harry has now said he wasn’t actually with Bobby at the time.
He said: "We weren't together then. I think there's a confusion with all this.
"January 2014, me and Gemma [Collins] booked a holiday and we went to Tenerife. My ex was there, done the deed but at that point me and you had a couple of texts but that was the start of us chatting".
Their co-star Saffron Lempriere got involved and texted Rhys to find out the truth.
He replied: "He come over February 2014.
"That's when we slept together and I hadn't known until after he went that he was with Bobby so yeah, they was together"
Rhys' last picture saw him soaking up the sun on the beach, telling his followers: “Quality time with myself 🙌🏽.”
He is thought to have spent time living in Dubai before returning to Spain, where he is believed to have been training as a masseuse.
The fitness fan, who had transformed his look in recent years, often went on holiday with Gemma.
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