Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

'Love Island' UK star Mike Thalassitis has been found dead at 26

'Love Island' UK star Mike Thalassitis has been found dead at 26

Michael Thalassitis, one of the stars of "Love Island" and a former professional soccer player, was found dead in the woods near his home at 26.

Love Island star Chris Hughes also took to social media tonight to pay his respects.

In a more personal message, Wootton said of Thalassitis, "Mike wasn't the lad you saw on Love Island". His name was Mike Thalassitis, and every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends. Mike, you were loved by all of the Love island family. "I'm in complete shock", Olvia Buckland, another co-star, tweeted. "An absolute hero and a legend and someone I looked up to since I met him, always full of so much positivity and charisma".

"Will never be forgotten", Love Island's Kady McDermott tweeted. "My heart breaks for your family".

I have no words.

And Bowen wrote: "I cant get my head round this RIP brother". "We can only learn & try to change".

Speaking previously on Lorraine, she said: 'Everyone goes through grief and people deal with it in different ways.

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A spokesman for ITV, which produces Love Island, confirmed the news to the BBC in a statement on Saturday.

Tributes have already begun to pour in, with Love Island stars upset that outlets are disrespectfully using his nickname from the show in headlines.

Thalassitis was born in Edmonton in London and played football for clubs including St Albans and Chelmsford.

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

They wrote on their official page: "The Club are saddened to hear the news of the passing of former #Clarets striker Mike Thalassitis".

Thalassitis also appeared on the reality show Celebs Go Dating in 2018. In addition to his on-screen persona, Thatlassitis is also remembered for dating fellow reality star Megan McKenna of "The Only Way Is Essex".

Our thoughts go out to Thalassitis' family and loved ones during this hard time.

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