Harry Derbidge bravely returns to Towie filming after the sudden death of his ex Rhys Alan Smith

TOWIE'S Harry Derbidge has bravely returned to filming after the sudden death of his ex Rhys Alan Smith.

The 27-year-old was left "heartbroken" last week when Rhys was tragically found dead in Tenerife, where he lives.

The reality star has been spotted filming scenes for the Essex reality show along with his other co-stars.

Harry put on a brave face as he posed for snaps in between scenes with the Sim sisters.

The TV star looked downcast dressed in an all-black ensemble including leather trousers and a matching jacket.

Harry paid an emotional tribute to Rhys who he dated back in 2013, vowing to never forget him.

Alongside a series of images of them together, he wrote: "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)”

Rhys has been at the centre of a recent storyline with Bobby Norris and Harry over the past few weeks.

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. 

Rhys was close friends with numerous Towie cast members, in particular Gemma Collins and James Argent.

Sharing her devastation, Gemma commented on his last picture: “My heart will never be the same I won’t ever be the same love you Reece ❤️.”

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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