Tributes as Love Island’s Mike Thalassitis dies aged 26

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Former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis has died aged 26.

The reality television star and semi-professional footballer died on Friday, his management confirmed.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Mike Thalassitis arrives at BUILD Series LDN at AOL to talk about Celebs Go Dating on February 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
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File photo dated 7/2/2018 of former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis who has died aged 26, his management has confirmed.
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Mike Thalassitis and Danielle Selllers attending the ITV Gala 2017 held at the London Paladium, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Mike Thalassitis and Danielle Sellers attending the ITV Gala held at the London Palladium. Picture date: Thursday November 9, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ ITV. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Mike Thalassitis and Montana Brown seen on a night out at Sexy Fish on January 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Mike Thalassitis seen on a night out at Sexy Fish on January 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 21: (L-R) Mike Thalassitis and Megan McKenna attend Kisstory On The Common 2018 at Streatham Common on July 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Mike Thalassitis attending the ITV Gala afterparty at Aqua on November 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mark R. Milan/GC Images)
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Thalassitis, a Cypriot, was born in Edmonton in London and played for clubs including St Albans and Chelmsford.

He found fame on the 2017 series of the ITV competitive dating show, earning the nickname "Muggy Mike" after partnering with fellow islander Chris Hughes' girlfriend Olivia Attwood.

Thalassitis also appeared on the reality show Celebs Go Dating in 2018.

Hughes was among those who paid tribute, urging people not to use the nickname.

He said: "His name wasn't Muggy Mike. Please stop brandishing that.

"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."

Jonny Mitchell appeared on Love Island with Thalassitis, and the pair remained friends.

In a post to Instagram Mitchell said he was "heartbroken" by news of Thalassitis' death, hailing his "positivity and charisma".

He said: "I genuinely can't believe what I'm seeing here.

"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 personally looked up to, 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!"

Ferne McCann also paid tribute. The 28-year-old reality star – who appeared in The Only Way Is Essex from 2013 to 2016 – said: "so so so so sad. Mike you absolute gent.

"I have no words. My heart and soul and love goes out to his friends & family. Too young. RIP"

Calum Best, the son of footballer George Best and a former Celebrity Love Island contestant, described the news as "so sad".

He said: "Jesus that's so sad , rip mike . Way too young . Thoughts and prayers with his friends and family"

Thalassitis split from The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna late last year.

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