‘Love Island’ reality star Mike Thalassitis dies at 26Cydney Henderson, USA TODAYPublished 12:00 p.m. ET March 17, 2019
Mike Thalassitis of “Celebs Go Dating” during a panel discussion on Feb, 7, 2018, in London. (Photo: Joe Maher, Getty Images)
Former “Love Island” contestant Mike Thalassitis has died at 26.
Thalassitis, who was dubbed “Muggy Mike” while appearing on the British dating series in 2017, was found dead Saturday in North London, according to Metropolitan Police.
Police spokeswoman Chioma Dijeh told USA TODAY that officers responded to a park near Latymer Way on Saturday morning after receiving reports of “a man found hanged.”
He was pronounced dead at the scene. “At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious,” Dijeh added.
“Love Island” also confirmed Thalassitis’ death on Twitter: “Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Mike. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends,” the statement reads.
Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Mike. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.
Thalassitis, a professional soccer player turned reality star, rose to fame on Season 3 of “Love Island.” He later appeared on Season 4 of the British series “Celebs Go Dating” in 2018.
Montana Brown, Thalassitis’ “Love Island” co-star, took to Instagram to post a lengthy statement in honor of her friend.
“I know you were in a dark place a few months back and I thought you were past it and that you were on the up,” she wrote. “I got you to buy ‘The Magic,’ you wrote down your gratitudes, you had the pictures of your family in your car to remind you to be grateful for them. I just don’t know how I didn’t notice … I am absolutely heart broken that I couldn’t help you.”
Brown called him the “kindest, sweetest person,” adding that she’s “so angry at you for doing this because you are so loved by so many people.”
The tributes continued to pour in.
“Love Island” host Caroline Flack wrote on Instagram, “Mike … you were a total gentleman … I won’t forget that … it’s so so sad … you will be missed. RIP.”
Fellow “Love Island” alum Olivia Bowen Buckland asked everyone to remember him by his real name instead of his nickname, “Muggy Mike.”
“His name is Mike Thalassitis,” she tweeted Saturday. “All the articles how dare you not use his real name. This is horrendous. I’m in shock. Mike you are going to be sorely sorely missed. My heart is with your family. I’m in complete shock.”
His name is Mike Thalassitis. All the articles how dare you not use his real name. This is horrendous. I’m in shock. Mike you are going to be sorely sorely missed. My heart is with your family. I’m in complete shock
Stevenage Football Club, an English team that Thalassitis played for during his soccer career, also sent condolences to his family and friends.
“Everybody at #StevenageFC is shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis,” the statement reads. View image on Twitter
Everybody at #StevenageFC is shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis.Our sincerest condolences go to his family & friends.