LOVE ISLAND STAR FOUND DEAD: Mike Thalassitis found DEAD aged just 26

Posted March 17, 2019

He quickly raised eyebrows on the show and earned the nickname "Muggy Mike", which his co-stars have now urged people to stop using.

Mike Thalassitis, a soccer player-turned-reality star after appearing on the United Kingdom version of Love Island, was found dead Friday.

Mike, 26, came into the spotlight after being on the 2017 season of Love Island.

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Thalassitis was previously in a relationship with The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna, though they reportedly split previous year. "Our sincerest condolences go to his family & friends". "RIP Mike", Eden Blackman of Celebs Go Dating wrote.

Mike Thalassitis' body was reportedly discovered in woods close to his Essex home earlier today. "A good guy, taken far, far to soon", Chris Hughes, who also appeared on Love Island, wrote.

News of his untimely death have hit other Love Island stars hard.

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Prior to his reality TV appearances, Mike was a professional footballer and played for numerous league and non-league clubs. In addition to his on-screen persona, Thatlassitis is also remembered for dating fellow reality star Megan McKenna of "The Only Way Is Essex".

Dom revealed: "You get a psychological evaluation before and after you go on the show but hands down once you are done on the show you don't get any support unless you're number one". This is horrendous. I'm in shock. "My heart breaks for your family RIP MikeThalassitis". "I know personally it's hard to open up but it's the best thing you can do".

"I'm in complete shock", Olvia Buckland, another co-star, tweeted.

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"Devastated is not the word, my love goes out to all of Mike Thalassitis family". Our thoughts and prayers are now with his family and friends. You were the kindest soul, you were so amusing and you had so much to live for.