Mike Thalassitis, a former contestant on "Love Island" and "Celeb's Go Dating," was found Friday in his hometown of Essex, England. He was 26.
Thalassitis, who was also a former semi-professional footballer before performing on the reality dating show in 201
"Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this terrible news, and our thoughts and deepest condolences are a very sad time for Mike's family and friends," said an ITV spokesperson who produced "Love Island". in a statement.
Friend of & # 39; LOVE ICELAND & # 39; STAR SOPHIE GRADON DEATH DEATH AFTER YOUR DEATH
Thalassitis The grandmother he used to live with and with whom he died died According to reports, two days before the reality star was found dead, his best friend Danny Cutts also died on Christmas Eve, Sky News reported.
Thalassitis became known in 2017 when he appeared on the popular British reality show Montana Brown , who appeared in the same "Love Island" season as Thalassitis, wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday that the 26-year-old was in a "dark place" a few months ago.  "I know you were e in a few months in a dark place That was back and I thought you were over and on the rise. I made you buy The Magic, you wrote down your gratitude, you have the pictures of your family in your car to remind you that they are grateful for it. I just do not know how I did not notice it … I was heartbroken that I could not help you, "Brown wrote in her caption.
She also said she was angry at Thalassitis because she was Because you have been loved so much by so many people and I wish you had taken the phone off so that we could sort it out, it did not have to happen. "
" I can not imagine how much pain you've had need to do that, and the fact that you've been through this alone breaks my heart, I'm so sorry I could not help you anymore, I have so much love for you, Mike, and I will Never forget you, sleep well, darling, and I miss you so much, "she wrote.
Although some fans have known him as the nickname "Muggy Mike," the Thalassitis season's participants want fans to pay tribute to the 26-year-old's real name.
"& # 39; Muggy Mike & # 39; was your stage name and let's face it, the ladies fell at your feet, BUT everyone had that impression of you and you were literally the opposite, you were unique." Brown wrote.
SOPHIE GRADON, "LOVE ISLAND" STAR AND FORMER WIFE UNITED KINGDOM, DEAD AT 32
"Love Island" candidate Chris Hughes tweeted on Saturday: "Please stop swinging that His name was Mike Thalassitis, and every inch of my heart goes to his family and friends, a good guy, taken too fast. "
" His name is Mike Thalassitis. "All the articles show how you dare, not his That's terrible, I'm shocked, Mike, you'll be sorely missed, my heart is with your family, I'm totally shocked, "said another contestant, Olivia Bowen Buckland.
Several others on the show paid tribute to thalassitis, saying his sudden death was a "total shock."
"I'm totally shocked. @MikeThalassitis you were one of the most sincere guys I just can not believe it! They are so missed that you have no idea," wrote Amber Davies, who appeared in the same season with thalassitis.
Caroline Flack, the host of Love Island, wrote in an Instagram post: "Mike … you were a total gentleman … I will not forget that … it's so sad … you will be missed RIP. "
Stevenage FC, a football team in which Thalassitis participated for part of his career, was also honored.
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Stevenage FC is shocked and sad when he heard the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis, "tweeted the team Sincere condolences to his family and friends. "