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

Michael Thalassitis, English soccer player who starred on reality TV show 'Love Island,' dies at 26

This evening the star's management confirmed the 26-year-old died today.

Mike rose to fame on 2017's Love Island, where he landed the nickname "Muggy Mike", before going on to make magazine headlines for his relationship with The Only Way Is Essex's Megan McKenna.

Since news of his death broke, fans and co-stars have taken to social media to pay their tributes to the late reality star.

Thalassitis split from The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna late past year. I'm in shock. Mike you are going to be sorely sorely missed.

Fenton tweeted: "I'm lost for words. My thoughts go out to all of Mikes friends and family". Mike, you were love by all the Love island family.

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

Mike, 26, came into the spotlight after being on the 2017 season of Love Island.

Megan Mc Kenna and Mike had a dramatic relationship
Megan Mc Kenna and Mike had a dramatic relationship

Alex Bowen and Rachel Fenton, who both also appeared on Love Island, tweeted their respects. My heart goes out to his family.

"Our sincerest condolences go to his family & friends".

Meanwhile Stevenage FC, for whom Thalassitis began his football career, paid tribute to their former player.

And Bowen wrote: "I can't get my head round this RIP brother".

Thalassitis, a Cypriot, was born in Edmonton in London and played for clubs including St Albans and Chelmsford.

"Everyone connected with Ebbsfleet United is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of our former striker Michael Thalassitis", the statement reads.

Eventually Mike went on to appear on Channel 4's Celebs Go Dating past year. I send my love and condolences to all of his friends and family at this very bad time. He split from The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna late a year ago.

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