Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has died aged 26, his management has confirmed.
The 26-year-old reality television star and former footballer was reportedly found dead in Essex 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 wrote: “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.”
Montana Brown, who also appeared on Love Island in 2017, told the BBC: “Mike was so misunderstood – on television he was known as playing the ladies and everyone had this perception that he was this classic lad that didn’t have feelings.
“I can honestly say, Mike was thoughtful, caring, and so fiercely loyal to his friends and family and really would do anything for them.
“I am absolutely in shock of the news. In fact I don’t even quite believe it yet as I spoke to him yesterday.”
“I can honestly say, Mike was thoughtful, caring, and so fiercely loyal to his friends and family and really would do anything for them.”
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.
“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.”