Tributes paid to Mike Thalassitis after Love Island star dies at 26

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Mike Thalassitis' body was reportedly discovered in woods close to his Essex home earlier today.

Mike had also appeared in Celebs Go Dating and was in a relationship with TOWIE's Megan McKenna before breaking up a year ago. An absolute hero and a legend and someone I personally looked up to, always full of so much positivity and charisma. "A lovely bloke gone far too soon".

Referencing Thalassitis' nickname "Muggy Mike" - which The Guardian reports he earned after partnering with fellow Love Island contestant Chris Hughes' girlfriend - Hughes urged fans not to disrespect his friend's memory.

The reality star, who was also a star on E4's Celebs Go Dating, was due to be opening his own shop next week. I won't forget that ... it's so so sad will be missed.

"My thoughts are with Mike's family", Jack Fincham wrote.

Steven Watt, who was Mike's manager when he played for Margate, tweeted "Absolutely gutted, RIP mate".

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Meanwhile Stevenage FC, for whom Thalassitis began his football career, paid tribute to their former player.

"Our sincerest condolences go to his family & friends".

Alex Bowen and Rachel Fenton, who both also appeared on Love Island, tweeted their respects.

My heart goes out to his family and friends at this hard time. I can't put into words how much this hurts and doesn't feel real.

"Everyone connected with Ebbsfleet United is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of our former striker Michael Thalassitis", the statement reads. "I'm in complete shock", Olvia Buckland, another co-star, tweeted. My heart is with your family.

And Bowen wrote: "I cant get my head round this RIP brother".