Former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis has died, aged 26.
The reality television star and semi-professional footballer died on Friday, his management confirmed.
Thalassitis, a Cypriot, was born in Edmonton in London and played for clubs including St Albans and Chelmsford.
He found fame on the 2017 series of the ITV competitive dating show, earning the nickname “Muggy Mike” after partnering with fellow islander Chris Hughes’ girlfriend Olivia Attwood.
Thalassitis also appeared on the reality show Celebs Go Dating in 2018.
Hughes was among those who paid tribute, urging people not to use the nickname.
He said: “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 to soon.”
Jonny Mitchell appeared on Love Island with Thalassitis, and the pair remained friends.
In a post to Instagram Mitchell said he was “heartbroken” by news of Thalassitis’ death, hailing his “positivity and charisma”.
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.