'Love Island' UK star Mike Thalassitis has been found dead at 26

17 March, 2019, 13:39 | Author: Barbara Erickson
  • Michael Thalassitis, English soccer player who starred on reality TV show 'Love Island,' dies at 26

Sheridan Smith has said the death of former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis should be a "massive wake up call".

Sources claim the reality star was found dead in Essex yesterday.

It's uncertain what caused Mike Thalassitis's death at the tender age of 26 but it's raised questions around the welfare of Love Island stars following the show.

Chris Hughes took to Twitter on Saturday night to lead the tributes to his former Love Island co-star. In addition to his on-screen persona, Thatlassitis is also remembered for dating fellow reality star Megan McKenna of "The Only Way Is Essex".

Host of Love Island, Caroline Flack, shared her condolences, saying he was a "total gent". One of the best people I've ever known taken from us far too soon, I'm heartbroken and can't put into words how much I'm gonna miss you bro!

"I am absolutely in shock of the news. My heart breaks for your family".

Megan Mc Kenna and Mike had a dramatic relationship
Megan Mc Kenna and Mike had a dramatic relationship

Prior to competing on Love Island in 2017, Thalassitis was a semi-professional soccer player in England, according to The Guardian. It's so so sad ...you will be missed. "Rest in Peace", wrote another. "A good guy, taken far, far to soon". Mike Thalassitis your lovely self and smile will be truly missed.

- Olivia Bowen Buckland (@OliviaDBuck) March 16, 2019His name wasn't Muggy Mike.

A spokesman for ITV, which produces Love Island, said: "Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this awful news". The show is very similar to Bachelor In Paradise where singles come to the island to find love, romance and enjoy some steamy hook-ups. All my love goes out to your friends and family.

His behaviour on the show saw him land the nickname "Muggy Mike" as well as a reputation as a reality villain.

I have no words.

In a statement, Mike's former football club Chelmsford City FC also posted: "The Club are saddened to hear the news of the passing of former #Clarets striker Mike Thalassitis".

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