Love Island star Mike Thalassitis found dead

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Former Love Island star and professional footballer Mike Thalassitis has died aged just 26, his management has confirmed.

Reports have emerged that the 26-year-old ex-Love Islander had passed in a forest in his hometown in Essex.

"Mike, you were loved by all of the Love Island family", Love Island co-star Tyla Rosie Carr tweeted.

Mike Thalassitis dead: How did the Love Island star die? "In fact I don't even quite believe it yet as I spoke to him yesterday".

His cause of death is not yet known.

Thalassitis' soccer career appeared to end in 2017 with a spell with non-league Margate.

One fan wrote on Twitter: "Just goes to show people can only take so much no matter how big their following".

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Fellow Love Island season 3 alum Jonny Mitchell wrote on Instagram that he had been "heartbroken", describing his late friend as always being "full of so much positivity and charisma". "My heart breaks for your family RIP MikeThalassitis". I have no words.

"I'm in complete shock", Olvia Buckland, another co-star, tweeted.

She said: "This should be a massive wake up call. We can only learn & try to change".

Kady McDermott, from Love Island series 2, posted: "In absolute shock". Originally from Cyprus, he played for a range of teams including St Albans and Chelmsford and is now signed to Welling United. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends at this time.

Eventually Mike went on to appear on Channel 4's Celebs Go Dating a year ago.

Chelmsford FC said in a statement: "The Club are saddened to hear the news of the passing of former #Clarets striker Mike Thalassitis. Our sincerest condolences go to his family & friends". He split from The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna late previous year.