Love Island star Michael Thalassitis found in woods dead aged 26

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis who has died aged 26

Meanwhile, Sam, who struck up a friendship with Mike after they were dumped from the villa and then brought back later on in the series, shared a heartbreaking throwback picture of the two of them.

Chris Hughes, who famously branded the star "muggy" after recouping with Olivia has since urged people to drop the label from his name.

Chris spoke out about Mike's reported death in a statement. Please stop brandishing that.

She added: "My heart and soul and love goes out to his friends & family. A good guy, taken far, far to soon".

Mike first rose to fame as a contestant on Love Island. I just can't believe this!

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis during his time at Margate FC
Love Island star Mike Thalassitis during his time at Margate FC

Thalassitis had a successful sports career starting in 2011 before appearing on Love Island in 2017 and retiring from soccer that year. "You'll be missed so much you have no idea".

Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

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

Mike was a semi-professional footballer and one of his old teams, Chelmsford City FC, has paid tribute to the sportsman. The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann posted: "So so so so sad".



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