UK Cypriot, footballer and reality TV star Mike Thalassitis has been found dead at the age of 26, British media reported on Sunday.
According to the reports, the reality TV start who featured in 2017’s series of ITV’s Love Island was found dead in the woods in Essex on Friday.
BBC reported that Thalassitis was born in Edmonton in London and played football for clubs including St Albans and Chelmsford.
During his football career he also made appearances for the National League side Ebbsfleet United in 2014 and most recently played for Margate in the 2016-17 season, it said.
Paying tribute, the club said: “Mike was a talented footballer and well-liked character at Hartsdown Park who will be fondly remembered by management, staff, volunteers and supporters at the club.”
Stevenage FC, for whom Thalassitis began his football career, paid tribute to their former player, BBC said.
“Everybody at Stevenage FC is shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis,” the club tweeted.
“Our sincerest condolences go to his family & friends.”
In addition to Love Island, Thalassitis also appeared on the reality show Celebs Go Dating in 2018 and split with his girlfriend The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna late in he year.
According to the Daily Mail, the 26-year-old was found dead in woods but the cause of death was not yet known. The paper said Thalassitis’ death comes just months after one of his best friends, Danny Cutts, passed away in December, and the recent passing of his grandmother.