Love Island pays tribute to Mike Thalassitis after he is found dead aged 26 

Love Island has shared an official statement after Mike Thalassitis was found dead aged 26 on Saturday. 

The hit ITV2 dating show revealed it was ‘shocked and saddened’ after the former footballer was discovered in woodland near his Essex home, his manager confirmed.

In an official statement to MailOnline, a representative for Love Island said: ‘Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this terrible news. 

Heartbreaking: Love Island has shared an official statement after Mike Thalassitis was found dead aged 26 on Saturday

Heartbreaking: Love Island has shared an official statement after Mike Thalassitis was found dead aged 26 on Saturday

Heartbreaking: Love Island has shared an official statement after Mike Thalassitis was found dead aged 26 on Saturday

‘Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mike’s family and friends at this very sad time.’

Since the tragic news, tributes have since poured in for the former League One footballer from his reality television co-stars. 

Deeply saddened by the news, Love Island host Caroline Flack praised the late star as a ‘total gentleman’ as she accompanied her words with a fun photograph of them both holding balloons which had pictures of each other on them. 

Shock: The hit ITV2 dating show revealed it was 'shocked and saddened' after the former footballer was discovered in woodland near his Essex home, his manager confirmed (Mike pictured on Love Island in 2017)

Shock: The hit ITV2 dating show revealed it was 'shocked and saddened' after the former footballer was discovered in woodland near his Essex home, his manager confirmed (Mike pictured on Love Island in 2017)

Shock: The hit ITV2 dating show revealed it was ‘shocked and saddened’ after the former footballer was discovered in woodland near his Essex home, his manager confirmed (Mike pictured on Love Island in 2017) 

She wrote: ‘Mike… you were a total gentleman… I won’t forget that … it’s so sad …you will be missed. RIP. ❤️.’  

Voiceover star Iain Stirling could also be seen lingering behind Mike in the picture which appears to be captured during the Love Island 2017 wrap party. 

Social media was awash with tributes from the likes of his former flame Tyla Carr as well as his Love Island co-stars Sam Gowland, Gabby Allen and Marcel Somerville. 

Tyla, 26, who was partnered up with Mike on Love Island two years ago, shared generous words to pay tribute to her ex as she gave her love to his extended family and friends.  

Saddened: Since the tragic news, tributes have since poured in with Love Island host Caroline Flack praising the late star as a 'total gentleman' as she shared a throwback picture

Saddened: Since the tragic news, tributes have since poured in with Love Island host Caroline Flack praising the late star as a 'total gentleman' as she shared a throwback picture

Saddened: Since the tragic news, tributes have since poured in with Love Island host Caroline Flack praising the late star as a ‘total gentleman’ as she shared a throwback picture 

She tweeted: ‘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.’

Sam, who struck up a friendship with Mike after they were dumped from the Mallorcan villa and brought back into the show, shared a throwback picture of the two of them with touching words about his ‘lifelong mate’.

He penned: ‘Absolutely lost for words not only made a friend in the villa but made a mate for life on the outside to !!! Absolutely devastated @mike_thala R.I.P my mate ❤️.’

Pals: Meanwhile, Sam Gowland, who struck up a friendship with Mike after they were dumped from the villa and then brought back later on, shared a heartbreaking throwback picture

Pals: Meanwhile, Sam Gowland, who struck up a friendship with Mike after they were dumped from the villa and then brought back later on, shared a heartbreaking throwback picture

Pals: Meanwhile, Sam Gowland, who struck up a friendship with Mike after they were dumped from the villa and then brought back later on, shared a heartbreaking throwback picture

Dom Lever put aside his differences with love rival Mike as he joined his new wife Jessica in writing sweet tributes after learning of the news.

He commented: ‘I’m shocked at the news!! me and @MikeThalassitis may not have seen eye to eye but he was a top guy.’ 

Jessica added: ‘In complete shock, was lucky enough to get to know Mike, he was the loveliest guy. My heart breaks for his family.’ 

Another co-star, Gabby wrote: ‘Such a kind genuine heart you had. Goodnight lovely.’ 

Tributes: Dom Lever put aside his differences with love rival Mike as he joined his new wife Jessica in writing sweet tributes after learning of the news

Tributes: Dom Lever put aside his differences with love rival Mike as he joined his new wife Jessica in writing sweet tributes after learning of the news

Tributes: Dom Lever put aside his differences with love rival Mike as he joined his new wife Jessica in writing sweet tributes after learning of the news

The former League Two footballer enjoyed a successful playing career before becoming a beloved reality TV star after appearing on season three of Love Island in the summer of 2017.

The news of his death comes just two months after his best friend Danny Cutts passed away on Christmas Eve.  

Recently, further reports suggest he had been grieving for the loss of his grandmother as well as his close friend.

His manager confirmed the shock news earlier this evening. The cause of his death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information. 

Shock: His manager confirmed the shock news earlier this evening. The cause of his death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information

Shock: His manager confirmed the shock news earlier this evening. The cause of his death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information

Shock: His manager confirmed the shock news earlier this evening. The cause of his death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information

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Love Island pays tribute to Mike Thalassitis after he is found dead aged 26 

Love Island has shared an official statement after Mike Thalassitis was found dead aged 26 on Saturday. 

The hit ITV2 dating show revealed it was ‘shocked and saddened’ after the former footballer was discovered in woodland near his Essex home, his manager confirmed.

In an official statement to MailOnline, a representative for Love Island said: ‘Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this terrible news. 

Heartbreaking: Love Island has shared an official statement after Mike Thalassitis was found dead aged 26 on Saturday

Heartbreaking: Love Island has shared an official statement after Mike Thalassitis was found dead aged 26 on Saturday

Heartbreaking: Love Island has shared an official statement after Mike Thalassitis was found dead aged 26 on Saturday

‘Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mike’s family and friends at this very sad time.’

Since the tragic news, tributes have since poured in for the former League One footballer from his reality television co-stars. 

Deeply saddened by the news, Love Island host Caroline Flack praised the late star as a ‘total gentleman’ as she accompanied her words with a fun photograph of them both holding balloons which had pictures of each other on them. 

Shock: The hit ITV2 dating show revealed it was 'shocked and saddened' after the former footballer was discovered in woodland near his Essex home, his manager confirmed (Mike pictured on Love Island in 2017)

Shock: The hit ITV2 dating show revealed it was 'shocked and saddened' after the former footballer was discovered in woodland near his Essex home, his manager confirmed (Mike pictured on Love Island in 2017)

Shock: The hit ITV2 dating show revealed it was ‘shocked and saddened’ after the former footballer was discovered in woodland near his Essex home, his manager confirmed (Mike pictured on Love Island in 2017) 

She wrote: ‘Mike… you were a total gentleman… I won’t forget that … it’s so sad …you will be missed. RIP. ❤️.’  

Voiceover star Iain Stirling could also be seen lingering behind Mike in the picture which appears to be captured during the Love Island 2017 wrap party. 

Social media was awash with tributes from the likes of his former flame Tyla Carr as well as his Love Island co-stars Sam Gowland, Gabby Allen and Marcel Somerville. 

Tyla, 26, who was partnered up with Mike on Love Island two years ago, shared generous words to pay tribute to her ex as she gave her love to his extended family and friends.  

Saddened: Since the tragic news, tributes have since poured in with Love Island host Caroline Flack praising the late star as a 'total gentleman' as she shared a throwback picture

Saddened: Since the tragic news, tributes have since poured in with Love Island host Caroline Flack praising the late star as a 'total gentleman' as she shared a throwback picture

Saddened: Since the tragic news, tributes have since poured in with Love Island host Caroline Flack praising the late star as a ‘total gentleman’ as she shared a throwback picture 

She tweeted: ‘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.’

Sam, who struck up a friendship with Mike after they were dumped from the Mallorcan villa and brought back into the show, shared a throwback picture of the two of them with touching words about his ‘lifelong mate’.

He penned: ‘Absolutely lost for words not only made a friend in the villa but made a mate for life on the outside to !!! Absolutely devastated @mike_thala R.I.P my mate ❤️.’

Pals: Meanwhile, Sam Gowland, who struck up a friendship with Mike after they were dumped from the villa and then brought back later on, shared a heartbreaking throwback picture

Pals: Meanwhile, Sam Gowland, who struck up a friendship with Mike after they were dumped from the villa and then brought back later on, shared a heartbreaking throwback picture

Pals: Meanwhile, Sam Gowland, who struck up a friendship with Mike after they were dumped from the villa and then brought back later on, shared a heartbreaking throwback picture

Dom Lever put aside his differences with love rival Mike as he joined his new wife Jessica in writing sweet tributes after learning of the news.

He commented: ‘I’m shocked at the news!! me and @MikeThalassitis may not have seen eye to eye but he was a top guy.’ 

Jessica added: ‘In complete shock, was lucky enough to get to know Mike, he was the loveliest guy. My heart breaks for his family.’ 

Another co-star, Gabby wrote: ‘Such a kind genuine heart you had. Goodnight lovely.’ 

Tributes: Dom Lever put aside his differences with love rival Mike as he joined his new wife Jessica in writing sweet tributes after learning of the news

Tributes: Dom Lever put aside his differences with love rival Mike as he joined his new wife Jessica in writing sweet tributes after learning of the news

Tributes: Dom Lever put aside his differences with love rival Mike as he joined his new wife Jessica in writing sweet tributes after learning of the news

The former League Two footballer enjoyed a successful playing career before becoming a beloved reality TV star after appearing on season three of Love Island in the summer of 2017.

The news of his death comes just two months after his best friend Danny Cutts passed away on Christmas Eve.  

Recently, further reports suggest he had been grieving for the loss of his grandmother as well as his close friend.

His manager confirmed the shock news earlier this evening. The cause of his death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information. 

Shock: His manager confirmed the shock news earlier this evening. The cause of his death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information

Shock: His manager confirmed the shock news earlier this evening. The cause of his death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information

Shock: His manager confirmed the shock news earlier this evening. The cause of his death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information

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