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Georgia Harrison shares touching tribute to Jake McLean after he tragically died in a car crash

Georgia Harrison has shared an emotional tribute to her friend Jake McLean after he tragically died in a car crash in Turkey which also saw Yazmin Oukhellou injured.

Jake, who was 33, is understood to have been driving in Bodrum, Turkey, when his vehicle veered over a cliff before emergency services rushed to the scene.

His partner Yazmin Oukhellou, 28, famed for her appearances on reality series TOWIE, was also in the accident and is believed to be recovering in hospital. 

Devastated: Georgia Harrison has shared an emotional tribute to her friend Jake McLean after he tragically died in a car crash in Turkey which also saw Yazmin Oukhellou injured

And former Love Island star Georgia, 27, took to Instagram on Tuesday to pay her respects to Jake after his tragic death and thanked him for helping her to ‘love herself’.

In an emotional statement, she wrote: ‘Thankyou for giving me the confidence to love myself, thankyou for always routing for me, thankyou for loving me but most of all thankyou for being my mukka even in my road girl days. 

‘333 will always be my number for you and the way the world lost you will forever haunt me because it makes no sense rip jake you lit up a room and everyone who met you couldn’t help but love you.’ (sic)

Georgia reportedly also said that she had an ‘on/off’ relationship with Jake for years and described it as her ‘only meaningful relationship’.

Tribute: Former Love Island star Georgia, 27, took to Instagram on Tuesday to pay her respects to Jake and thanked him for helping her to 'love herself'

Tribute: Former Love Island star Georgia, 27, took to Instagram on Tuesday to pay her respects to Jake and thanked him for helping her to ‘love herself’

Sadness: In an emotional statement, she wrote: 'Thankyou for giving me the confidence to love myself, thankyou for always routing for me, thankyou for loving me'

Sadness: In an emotional statement, she wrote: ‘Thankyou for giving me the confidence to love myself, thankyou for always routing for me, thankyou for loving me’

According to The Sun, Georgia added: ‘Me and Jake were on and off for years since we have known each other from school. In fact he was the only meaningful relationship I’ve ever had.

‘Our connection was special and in between any relationship we had with each other we were always friends until the end.’

Alongside her touching tribute, she shared a gallery of snaps of her and Jake, including an array of selfies where he had his arm around her.

Georgia also shared a live snap of them both and said losing her childhood friend Cenk Fahri last year taught her the importance of live photographs to ‘capture the energy’ of someone you’ve lost.

The reality TV star also shared some of her final texts with Jake and revealed that he invited her to join him on the Turkey trip, with him saying he would book her tickets after she confirmed she was free for the trip.

Close: Georgia reportedly also said that she had an 'on/off' relationship with Jake for years and described it as her 'only meaningful relationship'

Close: Georgia reportedly also said that she had an ‘on/off’ relationship with Jake for years and described it as her ‘only meaningful relationship’

Her friends flocked to the comments section to send their support to a devastated Georgia.

Kaz Crossley penned: ‘Love you.’

Hayley Hughes said: ‘Love you thinking of you beautiful! Xxxx’

Theo Campbell and Olivia Attwood also commented a string of love hearts as they send her their support.

Jake, who was 33, is understood to have been driving in Bodrum, Turkey, died on Sunday when his car crashed over a hill.

Yazmin is currently being treated at the Acibadem Hospital in Bodrum, where she is being comforted by her mother Lisa. 

Looking back: Georgia also shared a live photograph of them both and said losing her childhood friend Cenk Fahri last year taught her the importance of live photographs to 'capture the energy' of someone you've lost

Memories: Alongside her touching tribute, she shared a gallery of snaps of her and Jake

Memories: Alongside her touching tribute, she shared a gallery of snaps of her and Jake, including a photograph of them sitting on a table together with a rose in front of them

The crash took place at around 4.30am on Sunday along a windy road that cuts through mountains between the coastal city of Bodrum and the seaside town of Yalikavak as the couple returned from a night out, an official from Turkish Prosecutors Office in Bodrum revealed. 

A source told MailOnline of the accident: ‘It’s a complete tragedy and a total loss of life.

‘Everyone is in shock and hoping Yazmin makes a full recovery.’

Police are investigating the cause of the crash, and are working on the theory that Jake careened off the road by accident – causing the car to tumble down a steep embankment before coming to rest on its roof. 

Pals: Her friends flocked to the comments section to send their support to a devastated Georgia, who shared a montage of snaps of her and Jake

Pals: Her friends flocked to the comments section to send their support to a devastated Georgia, who shared a montage of snaps of her and Jake 

Pals close to Lauren Goodger, who is Jake’s ex-girlfriend, told MailOnline the pregnant mother-of-one has been left ‘devastated’ by Jake’s untimely passing. 

Yazmin and Jake have been dating on and off since May 2021, after the TOWIE star called quits on her long-term relationship with James Lock, 35. 

MailOnline has contacted TOWIE and Yazmin’s representatives for comment. 

The Sun reported that Jake was in Turkey for a business deal, and Yazmin had joined him in the tourist resort of Bodrum in recent days. 

Sources have told the publication that Yazmin has suffered ‘extremely serious’ damage to her arm in the crash. 

Tragic: TOWIE star Lauren Goodger's ex-boyfriend Jake McLean tragically died in a car accident that has left his on-off partner Yazmin Oukhellou seriously injured

Tragic: TOWIE star Lauren Goodger’s ex-boyfriend Jake McLean tragically died in a car accident that has left his on-off partner Yazmin Oukhellou seriously injured

A show source said: ‘We’re crossing our fingers and praying she makes a full recovery quickly. It’s beyond shocking, just devastating for everyone connected to the show.

‘Jake and Yaz are both very well known in our circles, and while he wasn’t a saint this is just unbelievably tragic. Everyone is stunned.’

Another cast member said: ‘Nobody is quite sure what they were doing out there, we thought they’d split up, but apparently he was involved in some sort of business deal.

‘But whatever’s gone on this is just heart-breaking. It sounds very, very serious, perhaps life-changing.’

Yazmin ended her romance with Jake in January after discovering he had been unfaithful with former Love Island contestant Ellie Jones. It is unknown when the pair reconciled.

Sad news: Yazmin, 28, famed for her appearances on TV series TOWIE, and relationship with ex-James Lock, 35, is believed to be recovering in intensive care

Sad news: Yazmin, 28, famed for her appearances on TV series TOWIE, and relationship with ex-James Lock, 35, is believed to be recovering in intensive care

This year, Yazmin was set to make her return to TOWIE after filming with the cast in the Dominican Republic. 

MailOnline revealed in 2021 that Yazmin and her ex James Lock had split for good following a five-year on-off romance.

James and Yazmin had relocated to Dubai together during the Covid-19 pandemic but their relationship hit the rocks following a series of explosive arguments.

The Essex couple had experienced a tempestuous relationship, splitting up and reconciling on a number of occasions after they first started dating in 2017.

Lovers: This year, Yazmin, pictured kissing Jake, was set to make her return to TOWIE after filming with the cast in the Dominican Republic

Lovers: This year, Yazmin, pictured kissing Jake, was set to make her return to TOWIE after filming with the cast in the Dominican Republic

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