Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has been found in a woods dead near his hometown in Essex today, his manager has confirmed.
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.
Love Island star Mike Thalassitis was found dead near his hometown in Essex today
The 26-year-old enjoyed a successful career as a League Two professional footballer before becoming a beloved reality TV star after an appearance on season three of Love Island
Shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the reality TV star as the shocking news emerged
Thalassitis had just went through a public breakup following a seven month relationship with fellow The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna
He last played football for Margate in 2017 before going on to appear on Channel 4’s Celebs Go Dating in 2018.
The news of his death comes just two months after his best friend Danny Cutts passed away on Christmas Eve.
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.