'Love Island' Star Mike Thalassitis Dead at 26

Mike's body was discovered earlier today

Mike's body was discovered earlier today

After the news of his death was revealed, his ex co-stars Olivia Buckland and Chris Hughes both hit out at publications for calling him "Muggy Mike" in their headlines.

Michael Thalassitis, an English soccer player who also starred in the British reality TV show "Love Island", has died.

The Love Island star was found in the woods near his Essex home yesterday.

"Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this bad news", a spokesperson for ITV said, "Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mike's family and friends at this very sad time".

Others took to Mike's Instagram account to pay tribute, writing "Rest in peace" below his most recent posts.

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Mike Thalassitis and Georgia Harrison arriving at the ITV Gala held at the London Palladium in November 2017.

Mike had a career as a professional soccer player and was signed to club Margate FC when he appeared on Love Island. Please stop brandishing that. "You'll be missed so much".

The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann posted: "So so so so sad".

Fans have been expressing their tributes over social media as the news have emerged. "A good guy, taken far, far to soon", Chris Hughes, who also appeared on Love Island, wrote. All the articles how dare you not use his real name.

A Go Fund Me was set up to help with Mike's friend after his death.

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Fenton tweeted: "I'm lost for words".

"I am absolutely in shock of the news".

"I'm shocked and extremely saddened to hear reports of the passing of [Mike Thalassitis]". My heart is with your family.

James Jordan posted: "My heart goes out to his family and friends at this hard time".

Love Island host Caroline Flack said: "Mike. you were a total gentleman". You'll be missed so much.

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