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TOWIE star recovering in hospital after car crash that killed her friend

  • July 05, 2022

The Only Way Is Essex star Yazmin Oukhellou is “stable and recovering in hospital after surgery”, her spokesperson has told Sky News, after a reported car crash in Turkey in which her friend was killed.

A vehicle in which Oukhellou was travelling with Jake McLean is reported to have gone off a cliff in the tourist resort of Bodrum.

McLean’s former partner Lauren Goodger, another TOWIE star, is among those who have paid tribute to him on social media.

Giving an update on Oukhellou’s condition, her representative said: “Yazmin is stable and recovering in hospital after surgery.

“Yazmin and her family have requested privacy at this time.”

Oukhellou first appeared in TOWIE in 2017 and her relationship with co-star James Lock was documented on the reality TV show, which follows the highs and lows of a group of friends living in Essex.

She is said to have been in an on-off relationship with McLean since 2021.

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Goodger, who dated McLean for several years from 2012, shared a tribute on Instagram on Monday.

“RIP Jake. I have no words right now. My thoughts are with your family friends,” she said.

Fellow TOWIE star Harry Derbidge posted pictures of himself and Oukhellou on his Instagram stories and said he was wishing her a speedy recovery.

Hundreds of Oukhellou’s followers have posted messages of support for the star on the last Instagram post she shared herself, posted at the end of June, with former Big Brother star Aisleyne Horgan Wallace among the well-wishers.

Jake McLean reportedly died in the crash

“Praying for you, worried sick, you are so precious,” Horgan Wallace wrote.

Essex DJ and producer Rick Live also commented: “Sending love and prayers. You can do this Yaz.”

A spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who died in Turkey and are in contact with the local authorities.

“We are also providing support to the family of a British woman who has been hospitalised.”

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