Mike Thalassitis has passed away aged 26 (Picture: Rex Features)Mike Thalassitis has passed away aged 26, his manager has confirmed.
From finding fame in the Love Island villa in 2017, to later making an appearance on Celebs Go Dating a year later, let’s take this time to remember the former Margate FC footballer-turned-reality star and his best television moments.
Turning up the heat with his grand villa entrance
The girls literally couldn’t contain themselves as Mike stepped into the villa for the first time, with the boys panicking about whether they’d find themselves single in the next re-coupling.
‘I’m into it,’ Olivia Attwood commented to Montana Brown. ‘I want to go wherever he’s from.’
Talking to the cameras, she added: ‘Fucking Mike walks through the door and Mike is everything I go to bed at night fucking thinking about. That’s me. I have no words. Love Island has played me.’
Getting his Love Island nickname
Mike definitely spiced up Love Island with his cheeky antics and we loved him for it.
One of his biggest OMG moments during his time on the show was when he chose to couple up with Olivia while she was with Chris Hughes, earning him the nickname Muggy Mike.
‘I’d like to couple up with this girl because I feel like we haven’t had the chance to get to know each other properly and I feel like the only way I could do that is picking her tonight,’ he announced to the fellow islanders.
‘I feel like things could progress if things go well. The girl I want to couple is Olivia.’
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When he surprised us all by returning to the villa with Sam Gowland
Mike and Sam made a sensational return to the Majorcan villa after being booted from the show a few weeks prior.
The pair strutted back into the competition to Kanye West’s Power as the fellow islanders huddled around the fire pit and honestly, what a television moment it was.
Finding love on Celebs Go Dating
Mike was overcome feelings for date Celine on Celebs Go Dating last February, telling the cameras it felt different to all the other ones he’d had previously and he can be himself around her.
By the end of their romantic drinks together, Mike plucked up the courage to invite Celine to Cape Verde as they waited for their tube ride home.
‘This girl’s turning me into a bit of a melt,’ he said in private. ‘I don’t know why I’m finding this so hard.’
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