Former “Love Island” contestant Mike Thalassitis has died. He was 26.
The reality series confirmed the news via Twitter on Sunday writing: “Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Mike. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.”
According to USA Today, Thalassitis — who earned the nickname “Muggy Mike” while competing on the British reality dating series back in 2017 — was found dead in North London on Saturday.
Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Chioma Dijeh told USA Today in a statement that authorities responded to reports of a “man found hanged” in a park near Latymer Way that morning, and Thalassitis was pronounced dead at the scene.
“At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious,” Dijeh told the outlet.
Representatives for the Metropolitan Police did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Montana Brown, Thalassitis’ former co-star on on Season 3 of the ITV2 series, also confirmed the news via a lengthy Instagram post Sunday: “I can’t imagine how much pain you must have been in to do this, and the fact that you went through this on your own breaks my heart. I’m so so sorry I couldn’t do more to help you. I have so much love for you Mike and I will never forget you. Sleep tight darling and I miss you so much already ??’?”
Along with his stint on “Love Island” in 2017, Thalassitis — a professional soccer player — also appeared on Season 4 of the British series “Celebs Go Dating” in 2018.
Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Mike. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/QYkSTlTRvI
— Love Island (@LoveIsland) March 17, 2019