Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has been found dead in a woods earlier today.
His manager confirmed his death earlier this evening. The cause of his death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information.
The news of his death comes just months after his best friend Danny Cutts passed away.
The 26-year-old rose to fame on Love Island in 2017, where he became a TV sensation after his stint in the famous ITV villa.
The former League One footballer, who comes from a Cypriot family, enjoyed a successful playing career before becoming a beloved reality TV star after appearing on season three of Love Island in the summer of 2017.
He had previously been in a relationship with The Only Way Is Essex star and country singer Megan McKenna.
He last played football for Margate in 2017 before going on to appear on Channel 4’s Celebs Go Dating in 2018. During his stint on the show he joined fellow celebrities such as Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson and TOWIE’s Gemma Collins.
In the latest series of the show Megan McKenna has also made an appearance, looking for love after the pair finally broke off their on/off relationship earlier this year.
Love Island star Mike Thalassitis was found dead near his hometown in Essex today
The 26-year-old enjoyed a successful career as a League Two professional footballer before becoming a beloved reality TV star after an appearance on season three of Love Island
Shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the reality TV star as the shocking news emerged
Thalassitis had just went through a public breakup following a seven month relationship with fellow The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna
This is the reality TV star’s last Instagram post and fans posted their heartfelt tributes to Thalassitis after the news of his death broke
Shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the reality TV star as the news emerged. One fan tweeted: ‘RIP Muggy Mike’.
Another took to Thalassitis’ Instagram account to pay tribute, writing ‘Rest in peace’ below his most recent post.
Michael Thalassitis playing for Stevenage in August 2011, during his fledgling football career that saw him play for the Cypriot youth teams
Love Island star Mike Thalassitis dies at 26: Ex Tyla Carr leads heartbreaking tributes to ‘lovely’ and ‘kind’ star
Tributes have flooded in for late Love Island star Mike Thalassitis after he was found dead near his hometown on Saturday.
The reality star’s former co-stars took to social media to express their condolences after reports emerged that the 26-year-old had passed in a forest in his hometown in Essex.
The former League Two footballer enjoyed a successful playing career before becoming a beloved reality TV star after appearing on season three of Love Island in the summer of 2017.
Former Love Island star Tyla Rosie Carr said: ‘I can’t believe the call I’ve just had. Mike, you were love by all the Love island family. You’ll be missed so much. All my love goes out to your friends and family. Shocked.’
Heartbreaking: Tributes have flooded in for late Love Island star Mike Thalassitis after he was found dead near his hometown on Saturday
Mike Thalassitis pictured with Jessica Shears, after they were both eliminated from the Love Island are villa at the same time during the series in 2017
Thalassitis was a former professional footballer who was even called up to the Cyprus national team, though he got injured and never ended up playing for them
Olivia Attwood gazes at Mike Thalassitis during the third series of Love Island, with rumours flying about a potential romance between the pair
Previous Love Island star Chris Hughes also took to social media tonight to pay their respects to their co-star.
Chris Hughes tweeted: ‘His name wasn’t Muggy Mike. Please stop brandishing that. His name was Mike Thalassitis, and every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends. A good guy, taken far, far to soon.’
Love Island star Chris Hughes tweeted his upset after learning of the death of his friend and former co-star
One Twitter user said that the former Love Island star had been ‘taken far too soon’ as she tweeted her respects to the celebrity
Another social media user urged people to be kind to others after learning of the death of Mike Thalassitis
One user highlighted the growing needs of mental health support in the UK and said that ‘so so much more’ needed to be done in order to protect mental health needs