MIKE Thalassitis tragically passed away at the age of 26-years-old on Saturday March 16.
Just minutes after news broke of the Love Islander’s death, fans, friends and co-stars alike began paying their respects. Here’s what we know about the much loved reality TV favourite.
Getty – Contributor Mike Thalassitis has tragically passed away at the age of 26-years-old
When did Mike Thalassitis die? What was his cause of death?
It has been confirmed that Love Island star Mike Thalassitis took his own life.
His body was found in a park in in Edmonton, North London on Saturday March 16, 2019.
A Met Police spokesperson said in a statement they had been called to a park near Latymer Way about 9.30am on March 16, 2019 to “reports of a man found hanged”.
Despite paramedics rushing to the scene, the young man was pronounced dead
A file is being prepared for the coroner.
The Sun’s Dan Wootton revealed Mike was left grief-stricken in recent days over the death of his beloved grandmother.
He said: “He was grieving the loss of his nan. She was 94 and he had moved in to live with her because she needed a full-time carer. He assured me he was fine and was excited about the launch of his shop.
“There was so much in store for his future that this is truly senseless.
“Mike wasn’t the lad you saw on Love Island. He was tender and sensitive and vulnerable and desperate for true love. Rest in peace, mate. I will miss you.”
Mike was also reported to be shell-shocked by the death of a close friend on Christmas Eve.
The reality star’s family are yet to release an official statement.
What have Mike Thalassitis’ Love Island co-stars said?
Mike’s Love Island co-stars started paying their respects on Twitter almost immediately after the devastating news broke.
Chris Hughes was one of the first to comment, writing: “His name was Mike Thalassitis, and every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends. A good guy, taken far, far to soon.”
Zara Holland then wrote: “This is so so sad, thoughts are with Mikes friends and family.”
Love Island 2018 winner Jack Fincham wrote: “My thoughts are with Mike’s family a lovely bloke gone far too soon rest in peace mate.”
Sam Bird added: “Rest in peace Mike, you’re an absolute legend. Heart goes out to all friends and family.”
Thousands of tweets then began pouring in from heartbroken fans and friends:
I just realised we have no pictures together- I’m sorry, I do not even know what to say. 😞You weren’t the person people thought you were mike- you were a beautiful soul and always made… https://t.co/BYvMGmLGwp— Vicky Pattison (@VickyPattison) March 16, 2019
Rest in peace mike .. I’m in such shock .. a young soul gone to soon .. my thoughts are with his family and loved ones ❤️— Georgia Kousoulou (@MissGeorgiakx) March 16, 2019
So much bad stuff been going on in the world recently and then I just heard that Mike Thalassitis from Love Island died at age 26My heart goes out to his family and friends at this difficult time Met him before and seemed like a top lad….. so so sad 😞— James Jordan (@The_JamesJordan) March 16, 2019
So shocked to hear about mike 😩💔 my thoughts are with your family and friends at this awful time 🙏🏼 .. please be kind to each other and think twice before you insult someone, you have no idea what they might be going through— H O L L Y H A G A N (@HollyGShore) March 16, 2019
People might of known him as muggy but he was far from that, he had a huge heart and was a very down to earth boy. Devastated is not the word, my love goes out to all of Mike Thalassitis family 💔— Joey Essex (@JoeyEssex_) March 16, 2019
Who was Mike Thalassitis and where was he from?
Mike Thalassitis, 26, was a reality TV star and semi-pro footballer.
Born in Edmonton, the Cypriot played for a range of teams including St Albans and Chelmsford and is currently signed to Welling United.
Rex Features Mike’s co-stars have paid tribute to him
Describing himself as “tall, dark and handsome”, Mike vowed not to be a “villain” on the ITV2 show Love Island when he entered in week two.
He signed up to appear in the fourth series of Celebs Go Dating alongside Gemma Collins, London Hughes and Sam Thompson.
But, despite being signed up to the E4 show, The Sun Online revealed that Mike was secretly dating former Towie star Megan McKenna.
Mike knew his way around the pitch
What happened to Mike Thalassitis on Love Island 2017?
Mike was thrown into the villa and he stunned both the boys and the girls with his incredible good looks.
Tyne-Lexy got to enjoy the first date with him, but he wasn’t committing to anything before he’d checked out the other girls.
He got to choose three of the ladies for a date and went through the motions with Montana and Jess before settling on Olivia who’d really caught his eye.
She felt the same and went cool on Chris, who she’d dumped Sam for just a couple of days earlier.
Mike was nicknamed ‘Muggy Mike’ on Love Island in 2017
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Needless to say, Mike chose Olivia in the second recoupling.
Unfortunately for the star footballer, he was chosen by the girls to leave along with Jessica Shears because they felt they had closer ties to the other lads who had been in the house for longer.
He went back on the show, recoupling with Tyla, but the duo were booted off after receiving the fewest public votes.
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