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Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has died at the age of 26.

The former semi-professional footballer was discovered in woods near his home in Essex in England on Friday.

 

He found fame on the 2017 series of the ITV2 dating show.

Mike coupled up with Olivia Attwood – who’s tweeted a broken heart emoji – saying “another one gone too young.”

 

A fellow, former Love Island contestant has claimed Thalassitis had been in a “dark place” recently.

In a heartfelt tribute on her Instagram, Montana Brown suggested he’d turned to self-help books, and had pictures of his family in his car to remind him to be grateful.

She says she’s “absolutely heartbroken” she couldn’t help him.

 

His death is leading to questions about how people cope with sudden fame.

Laura Bundock of Sky says, “once they leave these programmes, they’re suddenly thrust into the public spotlight… He had over 600,000 followers on Instagram.”

“Lots of questions about how they deal with that fame, and the amount of support they’re given when they leave these shows.”