Celebrity psychiatrist found dead next to his West London home in suspected suicide
A celebrity psychiatrist who helped countless A-list clients overcome mental illness has died in a suspected suicide. Dr Mike McPhillips, 59, who treated The Saturdays star Frankie Bridge after a breakdown, died after he was found injured next to a bridge near his £ 3 million home in West London.
Dr McPhillips, a dad-of-two, treated numerous high-profile patients, and even contributed to a book by his ex-client Frankie Bridge, who previously starred on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. At least three women who were patients of his have so far died in high-profile cases, The Mirror reports. The tragedies include the daughter of late Tory peer Cecil Parkinson. Mr McPhillips and his wife ran the consultancy from a private mental health clinic in the desirable Sloane Square area of London.
Dr McPhillips reportedly died three days after being found in Barnes. A source told The Mirror: “He seemed to have everything. His family are devastated. ”
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A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “In the early hours of March 14, we received a call from a man in the vicinity of Barnes Bridge who suggested he intended to harm himself. Officers attended and found a man with serious injuries. He was taken to hospital where, sadly, he died. ”
Dr McPhillips was a consultant at Nightingale Hospital, a private mental health clinic, where he charged up to £ 600 an hour for his counseling sessions. Two years ago Frankie Bridge, 33 – married to ex-Chelsea and Man City star Wayne Bridge – told how the doctor saved her after she hit “rock bottom” in 2011. The singer talked about her breakdown in her 2020 book, Open: Why Asking For Help Can Save Your Life .
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