'Love Island' Star Mike Thalassitis Found Dead in Woods at 26
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Host Caroline Flack turns to social media to pay tribute to the man she described as a 'total gentleman,' while co-stars Tyla Carr and Olivia Buckland express their shock over his sudden passing.

AceShowbiz - "Love Island" star Mike Thalassitis has been found dead.

The body of the 26-year-old, who found fame on the ITV dating show in 2017, was found in woods near his Essex home.

His behaviour on the show earned him the nickname of 'Muggy Mike', but he was loved by co-stars and fans, with many taking to social media to express their condolences.

"Love Island" host Caroline Flack shared a photo of her and Mike at a party, and paid tribute to the former footballer in a sweet post on Instagram. "Mike... you were a total gentleman... I won't forget that ... it's so sad ...you will be missed. RIP," she wrote.

The news of his unexpected death comes two months after his friend Danny Cutts passed away on Christmas Eve. According to the Daily Mirror, Mike's beloved nan died recently, and the reality star had moved in with her to be her full-time carer.

Many of his fellow stars took to Twitter to express their shock at his untimely death and pay tribute.

Tyla Carr, who was partnered up with Mike on "Love Island", sent her love to her ex-boyfriend's family and friends as they grieved their loss.

"I can't believe the call I've just had. Mike, you were loved by all of the 'Love island' family. You'll be missed so much. All my love goes out to your friends and family. Shocked," she shared on Twitter.

Fellow Love Islander Chris Hughes wrote, "Every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends. A good guy, taken far, far to soon," while Olivia Buckland shared, "This is horrendous. I'm in shock. Mike you are going to be sorely sorely missed. My heart is with your family. I'm in complete shock."

Mike's last post on Instagram was on March 5, when he posted a topless selfie.

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