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Love Island’s Mike Thalassitis dies aged 26: Ex-footballer and Celebs Go Dating star is found dead in woods near his Essex home

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 16/03/2019 Connor Boyd For Mailonline

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has been found dead near his hometown today.

Fans took to social media to express their condolences after reports emerged that the 26-year-old had passed in a forest in his hometown in Essex. 

The former League Two footballer enjoyed a successful playing career before becoming a beloved reality TV star after appearing on season three of Love Island in the summer of 2017.

a person sitting on a beach posing for the camera: Mike Thalassitis was found dead near his hometown in Essex today © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mike Thalassitis was found dead near his hometown in Essex today

The news of his death comes just two months after his best friend Danny Cutts passed away on Christmas Eve.  

Shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the reality TV star as the news emerged. One fan tweeted: 'RIP Muggy Mike'.

Another took to Thalassitis' Instagram account to pay tribute, writing 'Rest in peace' below his most recent post.

Thalassitis was going through a turbulent, public break up with The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna. 

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