TV Love Island’s Mike found dead in the woods
Heartache of TV ‘Muggy Mike’
LOVE Island star Mike Thalassitis has been found dead in woods near his home – leaving family, friends and TV fans shocked.
The 26-year-old had split from his Towie star girlfriend Megan McKenna, 26, last July and was said to be “broken” after watching her move on.
Known affectionately as Muggy Mike on the reality dating show, friends said he was also grieving after his best friend died on Christmas Eve.
And the ex-footballer suffered further heartache when the beloved 94-year-old nan he was carer for passed away soon after.
His body was found near his home at Loughton, Essex, on Friday, his agent confirmed.
“This has come as a complete shock,” a family friend said. “No one was prepared for this.” Love Island host Caroline Flack said: “Mike, you were a total gentleman. I won’t forget that.
“It’s so sad. You will be missed. RIP.”
Show rival Jonny Mitchell – who stayed friends – said he was: “Heartbroken. I genuinely can’t believe what I’m seeing here. My boy from the villa and one of my best mates. 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.”
Fellow contestant Chris Hughes said: “Every inch of my heart goes out to his family and friends. A good guy taken far, far too soon.” Friend and former Towie star Ferne McCann, 28, said: “So so so so sad. Mike you absolute gent.”
Tyla Carr – who coupled up with Mike on the show – said: “I can’t believe the call I’ve just had. Mike, you were loved by all the Love island family.”
Calum Best, who appeared on the celeb version of the show, tweeted: “That’s so sad, RIP Mike . Way too young .”
Mike, who found fame in series 3 of the ITV2 show in 2017, got his nickname after becoming involved in several love triangles on the show.
He was said to have made more than £1million from personal appearances.
A pal said at the time: “He even got a six-figure sum for appearing on Celebs Go Dating.”
A friend revealed “besotted” Mike had recently tried to win ex-girlfriend Megan back.
“He wanted to get back with her,” they said. “Mike was devastated that that didn’t happen.”
He had just opened a breakfast restaurant called The Skillet with friend and ex-footballer Scott Neilson as a “fresh start.”
Police have not yet released further details of Mike’s death.
REALITY STAR MikeSPLIT Mike with ex-girlfriend Megan McKenna at event last July