Love Island star Mike Thalassitis dies at 26: Tyla Carr leads heartbreaking tributes

Late Love Island star Mike Thalassitis’ ex Tyla Carr and his co-star Sam Gowland lead the devastating tributes after he passed away in his hometown in Essex.  

Tyla, 26, who was partnered up with Mike on Love Island in 2017, 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.’

Meanwhile, Sam, who struck up a friendship with Mike after they were dumped from the villa and then brought back later on in the series, shared a heartbreaking throwback picture of the two of them.

Heartbreaking: Tributes have flooded in for late Love Island star Mike Thalassitis after he was found dead near his hometown on Saturday

Heartbreaking: Tributes have flooded in for late Love Island star Mike Thalassitis after he was found dead near his hometown on Saturday

Heartbreaking: Tributes have flooded in for late Love Island star Mike Thalassitis after he was found dead near his hometown on Saturday

Heartbreaking: The reality star's former co-stars ex Tyla Carr led the heartbreaking messages after reports emerged that the 26-year-old had passed in a forest in his hometown in Essex

Heartbreaking: The reality star's former co-stars ex Tyla Carr led the heartbreaking messages after reports emerged that the 26-year-old had passed in a forest in his hometown in Essex

Heartbreaking: The reality star’s former co-stars ex Tyla Carr led the heartbreaking messages after reports emerged that the 26-year-old had passed in a forest in his hometown in Essex

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 ❤️.’ 

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.

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

The 26-year-old enjoyed a successful career as a League Two professional footballer before becoming a beloved reality TV star after an appearance on season three of Love Island

The 26-year-old enjoyed a successful career as a League Two professional footballer before becoming a beloved reality TV star after an appearance on season three of Love Island

The 26-year-old enjoyed a successful career as a League Two professional footballer before becoming a beloved reality TV star after an appearance on season three of Love Island

Shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the reality TV star as the shocking news emerged

Shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the reality TV star as the shocking news emerged

Shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the reality TV star as the shocking news emerged

Thalassitis had just went through a public breakup following a seven month relationship with fellow The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna

Thalassitis had just went through a public breakup following a seven month relationship with fellow The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna

Thalassitis had just went through a public breakup following a seven month relationship with fellow The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna

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

Shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the reality TV star as the news emerged. One fan tweeted: ‘RIP Muggy Mike’.

Another took to Thalassitis’ Instagram account to pay tribute, writing ‘Rest in peace’ below his most recent post.

Thalassitis was going through a turbulent, public break up with The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna. 

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