Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has been found in a woods dead near his hometown in Essex 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.
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.
Credit: Daily Mail