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16th Mar 2019

Tributes pour in for Michael Thalassitis after he was found dead aged 26

After Love Island star Michael Thalassitis was found dead aged 26, tributes have been pouring in for the reality star and former footballer

Reuben Pinder

Thalassitis was found dead aged 26

Tributes have been pouring in after the shocking news that Love Island star Michael Thalassitis was found dead on Saturday aged 26.

The reality star and former footballer’s body was found in the woods near his house in Essex.

Fellow star of the 2017 Love Island series Chris Hughes expressed his grief and offered his condolences on Twitter, asking people not to call him ‘Muggy Mike’.

“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 too soon,” Hughes said.

One of his former clubs, Ebbsfleet United, expressed their sadness with a touching statement.

“Everyone connected with Ebbsfleet United is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of our former striker Michael Thalassitis,” the statement reads.

“Reports confirmed that the 26-year-old was found dead near his home in Essex.

“All at the club wish to express our deepest sympathies to all the family and friends of Michael, which include many of our past and current playing and management staff.”

Stevenage FC, where Thalassitis played for three years between 2011-14, also tweeted a tribute: “Everybody at Stevenage FC is shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis. Our sincerest condolences go to his family & friends.”

The cause of Thalassitis’ death is not yet known.