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The family of Love Island contestant Chloe Burrows have released an urgent message asking viewers to stop sending death threats after her social media has been inundated with vile messages since her appearance on the ITV dating show.
The 25-year-old entered the show as a late arrival 'bombshell' and in last night's episode caused a stir by sending original islander Shannon Singh packing.
In a shock twist, Chloe discovered she had inadvertently sent fan favourite Shannon home when she chose to couple up with her partner Aaron Francis.
After the episode aired, Chloe's family spoke out to say they have been bombarded with sick messages from angry fans.
Chloe Burrows' family have issued an urgent plea to Love Island fans to stop the hate
Taking to Chloe's Instagram page, which has been left in their charge, they begged viewers to stop the hate.
"Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing?" they asked.
Ahead of this year's show ITV announced ramped up protocols to help the mental health of the contestants taking part in this summer series, following the suicides of Sophie Gradon, Mike Thalassitis and host Caroline Flack.
Chloe sent Shannon packing when she chose to steal her man Aaron
Chloe's family shared one of the messages they'd received in recent days which read: "Can you just fall in the fire pit and die."
In a statement, her family said: "We hate to introduce ourselves under such vile circumstances but we’ve had enough, after just 3 episodes.
‘We all have thick skin but the amount of trolling Chloe has been receiving is absolutely disgusting. This morning we woke up to yet another DM encouraging Chloe to kill herself – there have been HUNDREDS.
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"Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing?
"Not only that, but people are flooding her inbox threatening to kill her themselves. People… this is a GAME show, there is a cash prize!"
They continued: "We understand the frustration surrounding @shannonsinghhh ‘s eviction – we feel it too! She didn’t deserve to leave so early but Chloe does not deserve to DIE because Shannon had to leave the villa!
Shannon Singh was 'gutted' to be dumped from the island first
"She will have had no idea of the repercussions of her decision prior to making it."
The message ended: "‘We are not naive. We know that this post won’t put an end to trolling. All the advice we get is to “ignore it” and “block the trolls”, sometimes it’s not that easy.
"Our hope is that this just reminds some of you to #BeKind x"
Former contestant Dr Alex shared the same message to his social media as the show kicked off this week.
Sharing a shirtless holiday snap, the 2018 star penned: "I just wanted to post a gentle reminder to be kind online. Especially when it comes to body image and appearance. I’m proud of what I look like in the picture above. I am happy and healthy. Celebrate all shapes and sizes. "
There had been calls for a more diverse cast to feature in 2021, with producers going on to book the first ever disabled contestant to enter the villa in Hugo Hammond, who was born with a club foot.