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Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has passed away at the age of 26. His management team confirmed that he died on Friday.
According to The Guardian, Thalassitis was a semi-pro soccer player who played on teams such as Chelmsford City F.C. and St. Albans City F.C. The London-born athlete seemed to maintain friendships with many of his Love Island co-stars, who mourned the loss on social media on Saturday.
Johnny Mitchell, one of his Love Island friends, posted a long tribute to him on Instagram.
“I genuinely can’t believe what I’m seeing here,” Mitchell wrote alongside a photo of the two friends smiling. “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 looked up to since I met him, always full of so much positivity and charisma..”
Love Island host Caroline Flack dubbed him a “total gentleman” in her post about him on Instagram. Rachel Fenton, another competitor, tweeted, “I’m lost for words. My heart breaks for your family.”
“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,” he wrote.
Our thoughts go out to Thalassitis’ family and loved ones during this difficult time.
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