Reality TV star dies at 26

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

Mike Thalassitis, star of the United Kingdom version of Love Island, has been found dead at the age of 26, according to a statement released overnight by his management.

The reality television star and semi-professional footballer died on Friday, near his Essex home, his management confirmed.

Thalassitis competed on the third season of the British reality show back in 2017, where he became known as "Muggy Mike".

Friend and fellow Love Island star Jonny Mitchell posted on Instagram Mitchell saying he was "heartbroken" by news of Thalassitis' death, hailing his "positivity and charisma".

Mike was going through a tough break up with TOWIE star Megan McKenna.

"Mike... you were a total gentleman..."

She added: "My heart and soul and love goes out to his friends & family". This is horrendous. I'm in shock. "A lovely bloke gone far too soon".

Mike Thalassitis RIP
Mike Thalassitis RIP

In response, Alex wrote: "This is what angers me the most mate!"

Thalassitis' soccer career appeared to end in 2017 with a spell with non-league Margate.

"His name wasn't Muggy Mike". You were the kindest soul, you were so amusing and you had so much to live for.

A spokesman for ITV, which produces Love Island, said: "Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this bad news".

The Sun revealed Mike was left grief-stricken in recent days over the death of his beloved grandmother. You'll be missed so much you have no idea ', whilst her ex-boyfriend Kem Cetinay tweeted, 'Such heartbreaking news. The show is very similar to Bachelor In Paradise where singles come to the island to find love, romance and enjoy some steamy hook-ups. I can't put into words how much this hurts and doesn't feel real. "Our sincerest condolences go to his family & friends".

Stevenage FC, where Thalassitis played for three years between 2011-14, also tweeted a tribute: "Everybody at Stevenage FC is shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis".

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