Love Island Star Mike Thalassitis Dies at 26

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Love Island fans are calling for the show to be cancelled after star Mike Thalassitis was found dead in the woods near his Essex home.

He found fame on the 2017 series of the ITV show.

Thalassitis' fans and co-stars took to social media to offer their condolences.

Mike had also appeared in Celebs Go Dating and was in a relationship with TOWIE's Megan McKenna before breaking up past year.

Love Island's host Caroline Flack led the tributes with a fun photo of herself, Mike and Love Island's narrator Iain Stirling with the heartbreaking caption, "Mike. you were a total gentleman. I have no words".

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

"I am absolutely in shock of the news. My heart breaks for your family RIP" shared Rachel Fenton.

Jonny Mitchell appeared on Love Island with Thalassitis, and the pair remained friends. "A good guy, taken far, far to soon".

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis during his time at Margate FC
Love Island star Mike Thalassitis during his time at Margate FC

"His name wasn't Muggy Mike", he tweeted.

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

The actress Sheridan Smith tweeted that Thalassitis's death should be a "wake up call".

A statement from ITV said: Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this bad news. You'll be missed so much. My thoughts go out to all of Mikes friends and family'. The show is very similar to Bachelor In Paradise where singles come to the island to find love, romance and enjoy some steamy hook-ups.

Prior to his reality TV appearances, Mike was a professional footballer and played for numerous league and non-league clubs.

I have no words. Our thoughts and prayers are now with his family and friends.

"Everybody at Stevenage FC is shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis", the club tweeted.

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