Love Island's Michael Thalassitis has died, aged 26

Sergio Cunningham
March 17, 2019

"Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mike's family and friends at this very sad time".

The BBC reported that Thalassitis' death was confirmed by his management company, which did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Chris Hughes wrote: "Every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends".

He was originally kicked off the show after getting involved in a love triangle but a public vote saw him return to the villa.

News of his untimely death have hit other Love Island stars hard. "Mike, you were loved by all of the Love Island family", Love Island co-star Tyla Rosie Carr tweeted.

Mike had also appeared in Celebs Go Dating and was in a relationship with TOWIE's Megan McKenna before breaking up previous year.

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Mike Thalassitis, a soccer player-turned-reality star after appearing on the United Kingdom version of Love Island, was found dead Friday. An absolute hero and a legend and someone I looked up to since I met him, always full of so much positivity and charisma. I have no words. You were the kindest soul, you were so amusing and you had so much to live for. "A good guy, taken far, far to soon", he wrote on Twitter.

The reality star, who was also a star on E4's Celebs Go Dating, was due to be opening his own shop next week.

Love Island host Caroline Flack said: "Mike. you were a total gentleman".

Stevenage FC, for whom Thalassitis began his football career, tweeted: "Everybody at #StevenageFC is shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis".

James Jordan posted: "My heart goes out to his family and friends at this hard time". My heart and soul and love goes out to his friends & family.

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