Mike Thalassitis, a former reality star who competed on the third season of the British series Love Island, tragically passed away on Friday.
He was 26 years old.
The BBC reported that Thalassitis’ death was confirmed by his management company, although we have no direct quote from that company ourselves.
There has been no announced cause of death, either.
As mentioned above, Thalassitis competed on the third season of the British reality show back in 2017, where he became known as “Muggy Mike.”
He also appeared on Celebs Go Dating a year later in 2018.
According to the Daily Mailt, the ex-reality star was found dead on Friday in his hometown of Essex. That’s all the information any outlet appears to have thus far on what transpired.
As far as his biography goes…
Thalassitis was a semi-pro soccer player who played on teams such as Chelmsford City F.C. and St. Albans City F.C.
A London-born athlete, he remained very close to a handful of his Love Island co-stars, many of whom mourned the loss on social media on Saturday.
Johnny Mitchell shared an especially long and poignant tribute.
“I genuinely can’t believe what I’m seeing here,” he wrote alongside a photo of the two friends smiling.
“My boy from the villa and one of my best mates from the show coming out. An absolute hero and a legend and someone I looked up to since I met him, always full of so much positivity and charisma.
“One of the best people I’ve ever known taken from us far too soon, I’m heartbroken and can’t put into words how much I’m gonna miss you bro!
Here is the photo Mitchell included along with those very kind words:
Elsewhere, Love Island host Caroline Flack referred to Thalassitis a “total gentleman” in her post about him on Instagram.
And Rachel Fenton, another competitor, tweeted: “I’m lost for words. My heart breaks for your family.”
Stevenage FC, a soccer team Thalassitis played for during his career, shared its own tribute. It reads:
“Everybody at #StevenageFC is shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis. Our sincerest condolences go to his family & friends.”
According to the BBC, Thalassitis was previously in a relationship with The Only Way Is Essex star and country singer Megan McKenna.
Last June, another former Love Island contestant named Sophie Gradon, also passed away.
May Mike Thalassitis rest in peace.