TOWIE crash horror: Cast members pray for Yazmin Oukhellou as her mother jets to her Turkish hospital bedside after car she was in crashed off a CLIFF killing Lauren Goodger’s ex Jake McLean who was driving and leaving her with ‘very serious’ arm injuries
Fellow TOWIE cast members have rushed to send their good wishes for Yazmin’s safe recovery, including Harry Derbidge, who posted a message on Instagram.
Jake, who was 33, is understood to have been driving in Bodrum, Turkey on Sunday when his car crashed over a hill before emergency services rushed to save him.
Yazmin, 28, famed for her appearances on ITVBe series TOWIE, is believed to be recovering in hospital after suffering injuries to her arms.
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 hospital
‘Devastated’: Yazmin ended her romance with Jake in January after discovering he had been unfaithful with former Love Island contestant Ellie Jones, but they were driving together in Turkey at the time of the accident yesterday
A source told MailOnline: ‘It’s a complete tragedy and a total loss of life. Everyone is in shock and hoping Yazmin makes a full recovery.’
Pals close to Jake’s ex-partner Lauren Goodger told MailOnline the pregnant mother-of-one has been left ‘devastated’ by Jake’s untimely death.
Speaking to The Sun another source added: ‘Apparently Jake was driving when he lost control of the car and it went off a cliff.’
MailOnline has contacted TOWIE and Yazmin’s representatives for further comment.
The Sun report 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.
Fellow TOWIE cast members have rushed to send their good wishes for Yazmin’s safe recovery, including Harry Derbidge, who posted on Instagram
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.’
Jake was jailed for three-and-a-half years in 2008 after conning his way into a mother’s house and overpowering her before a masked gang ran in and raided the family home.
Loss of life: Jake, who was 33, is understood to have been driving in Bodrum, Turkey when the horror crash took place
Tragic: Jake, pictured with ex-girlfriend Lauren Goodger, who is said to be devastated after learning of his death
He reportedly tricked his way into the property pretending to be an estate agent.
Jake, who was 18 at the time, was part of a gang of six. The other five members ran into the home carrying imitation pistols and threatened to kill their victims if they screamed for help.
It is believed he only served half of his sentence and had been in prison for other convictions since. In 2018 he shared Instagram posts showing himself wearing a leg tag.
In 2013, Lauren, who met her former lover via Twitter, admitted she was aware of Jake’s criminal convictions but was willing to oversee his wrongdoings.
She said: ‘Jake told me about his past. I could see how much he regretted his actions. I try to take people as I find them.’
Lauren is due to give birth any day now, as she awaits the arrival of her second child with partner Charles Drury.
Latest: Yazmin last shared a photo to Instagram on Tuesday from her London home, wearing an all black outfit
Yazmin and Jake have been dating on and off since May 2021, after the TOWIE star called quits on her long-term relationship with TOWIE co-star James Lock, 35.
Yazmin, 26, moved to Dubai last year to be with Jake after leaving ITV show TOWIE.
But the reality favourite ended her romance with Jake in January after discovering he had been unfaithful with former Love Island contestant Ellie Jones.
Sources close to Yazmin say her relationship with Jake was ‘pretty toxic at times’.
It is unknown when the pair reconciled and the reason for them being in Turkey, with Yazmin last sharing a photo of herself in London on Tuesday.
This year, Yazmin was set to make her return to TOWIE after filming with the cast in the Dominican Republic.
She had shared photos alongside co-star Harry Derbidge, 28, from the Caribbean in June.
Exes: 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 (pictured in August 2020)
Comeback: Yazmin was due to make her return to TOWIE this year after filming with the cast in the Dominican Republic last month
According to her Instagram, Yazmin finished filming for TOWIE in the Dominican Republic, and headed on holiday to Ibiza, where she posed in her bikini at O Beach.
While they had been dating for a year, Yazmin didn’t confirm her romance with Jake until December 2021.
She took to Instagram to make things official with a photo of her and Jake cuddling together in Dubai, but covering his face with a heart eyed emoji.
Yazmin captioned the snap: ‘We’ve been through more than most. Had our ups & downs but I wouldn’t have us any other way.’
The pair previously dated briefly in 2019, before rekindling their relationship after Yazmin split from James Lock.
Lovers: This year, Yazmin, pictured kissing Jake, was set to make her return to TOWIE after filming with the cast in the Dominican Republic
Throwback: Lauren and Jake dated from 2012 until 2016 with the former TOWIE star previously admitting she knew of her ex’s criminal wrongdoings and was willing to give him a chance
Tributes poured in from fans as news of Jake’s death broke on Sunday. Taking to Twitter one fan wrote: ‘So sad to hear about Jake McLean may he RIP.’
While another added: ‘This is tragic.’ And a third commented: ‘Prayers are with Jake’s family right now and praying for Yazmin to pull through.’
And a fourth wrote: ‘Praying for you at this sad time.’
Shock: Taking to Twitter fans shared their shock at the news with one writing: ‘So sad to hear about Jake Mclean may he RIP’
While very little is known about Yazmin’s condition her fellow TOWIE cast also took to their social media accounts in hopes she will make a full recovery.
Her best friend, Junaid Ahmed shared a snap of himself and Yazmin to his Instagram Stories writing: ‘Love you …my beautiful girl.’
While fellow TOWIE star Harry Derbridge also shared a recent snap of the pair, commented: ‘Thinking of you @YazminOulhellou.’
RIP: Social media users shared their condolences at the untimely death of the businessman
Sad: BFF Junaid Ahmed shared a snap of himself and Yazmin to his Instagram Stories writing: ‘Love you …my beautiful girl’
One fan took to Twitter writing: ‘Thoughts and prayers are with you @YazminOukhellou.’
While another added: ‘Speedy recovery, get well soon [Yazmin] so sorry to hear about Jake.’
And a third commented: ‘Praying for you Yaz.’
While another wrote: ‘I hope you get out of this the other side.’
Hope: While very little is known about Yazmin’s conditions her fellow TOWIE cast also took to their social media accounts in hopes she will make a full recovery
Friends: Harry Derbridge also took to Instagram to share a snap of himself with Yazmin
He captioned the picture: ‘Thinking of you @YazminOulhellou’