Dreadful news coming through that reality star Mike Thalassitis has been found dead.
The Love Island star’s body was reportedly found in woods near his Essex home.
Mike, who was just 26, appeared on the 2017 version of the ITV2 dating show.
He subsequently appeared on E4’s Celebs Go Dating.
Away from dating shows, Mike had a high-profile romance with Megan McKenna, but the couple split last year.
Mike was a semi-professional footballer and one of his old teams, Chelmsford City FC, has paid tribute to the sportsman.
They wrote on their official page: “The Club are saddened to hear the news of the passing of former #Clarets striker Mike Thalassitis. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends at this time. #ClaretTogether (sic)”
It’s understood he was due to be opening his own restaurant in Essex next week.
Tributes have already begun to pour in, with Love Island stars upset that outlets are disrespectfully using his nickname from the show in headlines…
Olivia Bowen Buckland was one of the first to comment, writing: “This is horrendous. I’m in shock. Mike you are going to be sorely sorely missed. My heart is with your family. I’m in complete shock.”
Chris Hughes, who appeared on the same run of the show, wrote: “Every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends. A good guy, taken far, far to soon.”
His name is Mike Thalassitis. All the articles how dare you not use his real name. This is horrendous. I’m in shock. Mike you are going to be sorely sorely missed. My heart is with your family. I’m in complete shock ❤️
— Olivia Bowen Buckland (@OliviaDBuck) 16 March 2019
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. 💔
— Chris Hughes (@chrishughes_22) 16 March 2019
Can’t believe @MikeThalassitis has died in complete shock 😮
— Liv ☯ (@LiviaJaynell) 16 March 2019
actually cannot believe mike thalassitis is dead omfg… so shocked. found dead in the woods, that’s bare sad 🙁 RIP
— chanelle (@_chanelle_c) 16 March 2019
Bloody hell… Mike thalassitis has been found dead… RIP far to young
— Eloise Chapman (@Eloise_Chapman) 16 March 2019
In so much shock to hear about #mikethalassitis !! What an absolute tragedy, sending love to all his close ones at this awful time ❤️ 😩😭RIP😘
— Becky marsden (@Beckymarsden4) 16 March 2019
Such heartbreaking news💔 thoughts are with his family and friends #rip mike
— Vickie Hughes (@minkeyvickie) 16 March 2019
Nadia Essex, who worked with Mike on Celebs Go Dating, can’t believe the awful news…
Pleaseeeee let this be a hoax. Praying to god it’s not true. https://t.co/GCaXKyVWX0
— Nadia Essex (@LadyNadiaEssex) 16 March 2019
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