Mike Thalassitis, the UK Love Island star who tragically passed away on Saturday at the age of 26, was said to be in mourning and spiralling into debt before his death.
News of his death, near his home in Essex, was confirmed by his manager over the weekend, with tributes flowing in from loved ones and friends online ever since.
Police have said they are not treating his death as suspicious.
Mike was said to be grieving the loss of his beloved 94-year-old nan and the death of his best friend, Danny Cutts.
It’s understood that Mike had moved in with his grandmother because she was in need of a full-time carer.
A source told The Mirror that Mike, who was about to open a restaurant in Essex, was also struggling to keep up with his party lifestyle and was slowing getting himself into debt.
“He was always the perfect gentleman and would pick up the bill everywhere we went,” the source said.
“But his party lifestyle came at a price and he wasn’t earning a lot of cash after Love Island, especially as he became his nan’s carer.”
The Sun columnist Dan Wooton said he spoke with Mike just days before he passed away.
“He was grieving the loss of his nan,” Dan told The Sun.
“She was 94 and he had moved in to live with her because she needed a full-time carer.
“He assured me he was fine and was excited about the launch of his shop.”
A former footballer, Mike was a late arrival on the 2017 season of Love Island, which was also broadcast in Australia, and his former co-stars and ITV, the company that produces the show, have led tributes in his honour.
“Every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends,” co-star Chris Hughes, tweeted, “A good guy, taken far, far too soon.”
Singer Caroline Flack, who hosts the show, wrote, “Mike… you were a total gentleman… I won’t forget that… it’s so so sad… you will be missed. RIP.”
“Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this terrible news,” a spokesperson for ITV said, “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mike’s family and friends at this very sad time.”
Mike had a career as a professional soccer player and was signed to club Margate FC when he appeared on Love Island.
He quickly raised eyebrows on the show and earned the nickname ‘Muggy Mike’, which his co-stars have now urged people to stop using.
Following his success on reality TV, Mike went on to star in Celebs Go Dating last year.
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