Mike Thalassitis: Love Island star dies aged 26


UK Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has died aged 26.

The Sun reports that Thalassitis was found close to his home in Essex on March 15.

Fellow star of the 2017 Love Island series Chris Hughes expressed his grief and offered his condolences on Twitter, asking people not to call him "Muggy Mike".

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

Thalassitis' death was also mourned by Love Island presenter Caroline Flack as well as several contestants from various seasons of the show.

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Thalassitis had a successful sports career starting in 2011 before appearing on Love Island in 2017 and retiring from soccer that year. I just can't believe this! I can't put into words how much this hurts and doesn't feel real. My heart is with your family.

Fenton tweeted: "I'm lost for words".

A spokesman for ITV, which produces Love Island, said: "Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this bad news". Hughes was among those who paid tribute, urging people not to use the nickname.

"Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this awful news", a spokesperson for ITV said, "Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mike's family and friends at this very sad time". Originally from Cyprus, he played for a range of teams including St Albans and Chelmsford and is now signed to Welling United. A year later, he went on to feature in the United Kingdom series Celebs Go Dating.

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". I send my love and condolences to all of his friends and family at this bad time. He split from The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna late a year ago.