Love Island reality star, Mike Thalassitis, has died aged 26. The reality television star and semi-professional footballer died on Friday, his management confirmed.
Mike Thalassitis found fame on the 2017 series of the ITV show.
Prior to competing on Love Island in 2017, Thalassitis was a semi-professional soccer player in England. He also appeared on the British reality show Celebs Go Dating.
According to the BBC, Thalassitis was previously in a relationship with The Only Way Is Essex star and country singer Megan McKenna. The pair were together for seven months before calling it quits last year.
Several reality TV stars posted tributes to Thalassitis. The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann wrote: ”
So so so so sad. Mike you absolute gent. I have no words.”
She added: “My heart and soul and love goes out to his friends & family. Too young. RIP.”
Montana Brown, who also appeared on Love Island in 2017, told the BBC:
“Mike was so misunderstood – on television he was known as playing the ladies and everyone had this perception that he was this classic lad that didn’t have feelings.
“I can honestly say, Mike was thoughtful, caring, and so fiercely loyal to his friends and family and really would do anything for them.
“I am absolutely in shock of the news. In fact I don’t even quite believe it yet as I spoke to him yesterday.”