Former Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has died aged 26, his management has confirmed.
The 26-year-old former footballer and reality television star was reportedly found dead on Friday.
He found fame on the 2017 series of the ITV show.
Several reality TV stars posted tributes to Thalassitis. The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann posted: “So so so so sad. Mike you absolute gent. I have no words.”
She added: “My heart and soul and love goes out to his friends & family. Too young. RIP.”
Jonny Mitchell, who became friends with Thalassitis after appearing on Love Island with him, said in a post on Instagram he was “heartbroken” by the news.
He said: “I genuinely can’t believe what I’m seeing here.
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I genuinely can’t believe what I’m seeing here. 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 personally looked up to, always full of so much positivity and charisma.. One of the best people I’ve ever known taken from us far too soon, I’m heartbroken and can’t put into words how much I’m gonna miss you bro! My heart goes out to his family.. Rest in peace Magic Mike ❤️
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“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 personally looked up to, always full of so much positivity and charisma.
“One of the best people I’ve ever known taken from us far too soon, I’m heartbroken and can’t put into words how much I’m gonna miss you bro!”
Alex Bowen and Rachel Fenton, who both also appeared on Love Island, tweeted their respects.
Fenton tweeted: “I’m lost for words. My heart breaks for your family RIP MikeThalassitis.”
And Bowen wrote: “I can’t get my head round this RIP brother.”
And Calum Best, the son of the footballer George Best and a former Love Island contestant, said it was “so sad”.
He tweeted: “Jesus that’s so sad, RIP Mike. Way too young. Thoughts and prayers with his friends and family”.
Meanwhile Stevenage FC, for whom Thalassitis began his football career, paid tribute to their former player.
“Everybody at StevenageFC is shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis,” the club tweeted.
“Our sincerest condolences go to his family & friends.”
Thalassitis split from The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna late last year.