Tributes paid to Mike Thalassitis after Love Island star dies at 26

Tributes paid to Mike Thalassitis after Love Island star dies at 26

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has died aged 26, his management has confirmed.

Mike also focussed on his career as a professional footballer. My heart and soul and love goes out to his friends & family. Mike, you were love by all the Love island family. Mike you absolute gent.

Mike went on to couple up with Tyla Carr, but was voted off the show after another five-day stint. I won't forget that ... it's so so sad will be missed.

Chris Hughes wrote: "Every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends". The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann wrote: "So so so so sad".

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

Referencing Thalassitis' nickname "Muggy Mike" - which The Guardian reports he earned after partnering with fellow Love Island contestant Chris Hughes' girlfriend - Hughes urged fans not to disrespect his friend's memory.

"I am absolutely in shock of the news. I'm in complete shock", Olvia Buckland, another co-star, tweeted. This is horrendous. I'm in shock. My honest condolences to his family. I feel so lucky as a man to have had a strong support network around me and a passion for something before love island. Glad we made peace, Just goes too show u should be kind too everyone because you never know what's around the corner! "Will never be forgotten", Love Island's Kady McDermott tweeted. Mike Thalassitis your lovely self and smile will be truly missed.

The statement read: "As you have all heard of the sudden passing of Danny Cutts, his close group of friends have decided on starting a go fund me page to help take the added stress of having to pay for the return of his body and funeral expenses off of his family".

When he signed up for Love Island, he was still part of the team at Margate FC. In 2018, CBS announced it will produce an American version.

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