Mike Thalassitis: Former Love Island star dies aged 26

Michael Thalassitis, English soccer player who starred on reality TV show 'Love Island,' dies at 26

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has died aged 26 years old near his home in Essex, according to reports.

Shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the reality TV star as the news emerged.

"His name was Mike Thalassitis, and every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends".

"Muggy Mike" as he was known on the reality TV show was found dead in the woods near his home in Essex.

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Speaking on Twitter he said: "His name wasn't Muggy Mike. A good guy, taken far, far to soon".

Mike was a former League Two footballer who found fame on the ITV2 dating show in 2017.

Thalassitis had a successful sports career starting in 2011 before appearing on Love Island in 2017 and retiring from soccer that year. Online: "It's true. We've lost our dear brother Mike".

Mike's passing is the second tragic Love Island death, following Sophie Gradon's suicide previous year. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends at this time.

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