Mike Thalassitis cause of death: How did Love Island's Mike die? Star found dead age 26

16 March 2019, 21:25 | Updated: 17 March 2019, 16:18

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Mike Thalassitis got his big break on Love Island 2017. Picture: Getty

Love Island's Mike was found dead in the woods in North London on Saturday evening...

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has died at the age of 26, after being found dead near his hometown in Essex.

Both fans and fellow co-stars took social media to send their condolences after reports emerged the 26-year-old had passed away.

The former League Two footballer enjoyed a successful career in the sport before starring on Love Island in the summer of 2017.

Since news of his death broke, fans and co-stars have taken to social media to pay their tributes to the late reality star.

Chris Hughes, who famously branded the star 'muggy' after re-coupling with Olivia has since urged people to drop the label from his name.

He wrote on Twitter: "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."How did 'Muggy' Mike Thalassitis die?

The Metropolitan police have now confirmed Mike was found hanged in a park in Edmonton.

A spokesperson said: "Police were called to a park near Latymer Way, N9 at 0928hrs on Saturday, 16 March to reports of a man found hanged.

"Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found a man, aged in his 20s, deceased."

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Mike Thalassitis first rose to fame on Love Island 2017. Picture: IG/MikeThalassitis

When did he die?

It's unclear when Mike died, however, his body was found on Sunday.

Who is Mike Thalassitis?

Mike first rose to fame as a contestant on Love Island. He most famously earned his nickname 'muggy mike' from co-star Chris Hughes after he re-coupled with Olivia Atwood.

He was later dumped from the island with co-star Tyla Carr, and has since been in the public eye due to his on-off relationship with The Only Way is Essex star Megan McKenna in addition to a stint on Celebs Go Dating.