Love Island’s Mike Thalassitis’ cause of death confirmed

Mike Thalassitis

by Nathan Katnoria |

News broke yesterday of the death of the Love Island 2017 and Celebs Go Dating star

After the devastating news of his passing aged 26, police have confirmed that Love Island star Mike Thalassitis died by suicide after he was found in a park.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “Police were called to a park near Latymer Way, N9 at 09:28hrs 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.”

They confirmed that his death is not being treated as suspicious and added: “Police are in the process of informing the man’s next of kin. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

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Freddie Starr, 76
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Freddie Starr, of The Sun's "Freddie Starr ate my hamster" fame, was found dead in May at his home in Spain by a carer.

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Former Play Your Cards Right model Annalise Braakensiek, who worked with TV legend Bruce Forsythe on the show, was found dead in her new house in January 2019. "Everything seems to feel twisted and upside down at the moment," she wrote on social media, shortly before her death. "Life's challenges have been deep, dark, difficult, demanding and down right scary lately."

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Jonathan Ross paid tribute to his mum Martha in January 2019 after she died aged 79, She played a stall-holder at Bridge Street Market in EastEnders.

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Fashion powerhouse and Creative Director of Chanel since 1983 and Fendi since 1965, Karl died in Paris in February following a brief period of ill health, continuing to work right up until his death.One of the most prolific and controversial figures in fashion, tributes have poured in for Karl following the tragic news. "Fashion show after fashion show, collection after collection, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on the legend of Gabrielle Chanel and the history of the House of Chanel," Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel, said today. "He steadfastly promoted the talent and expertise of Chanel's ateliers and Métiers d'Art, allowing this exceptional know-how to shine throughout the world. The greatest tribute we can pay today is to continue to follow the path he traced by – to quote Karl – 'continuing to embrace the present and invent the future'."

Peter Tork, 77
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The bassist of 70's pop group the Monkees passed away peacefully at his home in February, aged 77. A statement from his family on his facebook page said,"Peter succumbed to a 10 year bout with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer of the salivary glands. Peter's energy, intelligence, silliness, and curiosity were traits that for decades brought laughter and enjoyment to millions, including those of us closest to him. Those traits also equipped him well to take on cancer, a condition he met with unwavering humor and courage.

Albert Finney, 82
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Legendary actor Albert Finney, who played Daddy Warbucks in Annie, died in February after "a short illness",

Mark Hollis, 64
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Founder and front-man of 80's synthpop band Mark Hollis died age 64 in February from unspecified causes, with tributes to musician pouring in on Twitter."RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law," wrote Anthony Costelloe. "Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the music business 20 years ago but an indefinable musical icon."And a former band mate said, "Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him."I have not seen Mark for many years, but like many musicians of our generation I have been profoundly influenced by his trailblazing musical ideas."

Lisa Sheridan, 44
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Actress Lisa Sheridan, best known for her roles in CSI: Miami and other US TV series', was found dead in her home aged just 44 in February.

Janice Freeman, 33
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Janice Freeman, of The Voice fame, has died in March age 33. Her cause of death is thought to be a fatal blood caught caused by an extreme case of pneumonia. "A survivor and fighter, and a beautiful force in this world, Janice gained notoriety through her success on NBC's 'The Voice' as a member of Miley Cyrus' team," a statement said. "Her story inspired fans nationwide, having successfully battled cervical cancer and living her life to the fullest while fighting lupus."

Luke Perry, 52
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Actor Luke Perry, who starred in Beverly Hills 90210 and Netflix hit Riverdale, has died from a stroke age 52 in March.

Keith Flint, 49
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Tributes from across the world of music and dance have poured in for The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, after he was found dead in his Essex property on Monday 4th March. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Mike Thalassitis
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Love Island 2017 cast member Mike Thalassitis was found dead in woodland near his home in Essex in March 2019.

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Britain's Got Talent finalist Jack Saunders died in March 2019. He was part of the dance troupe Green Force Five, and had also performed at the Olympics, 2012, as well as on X Factor and Sky's Got To Dance. His girlfriend Frankie has since spoken out about men's mental health, and the importance of seeking help.

Alex Mytton's mum
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Made in Chelsea's Alex Mytton's mum passed away after a short battle with brain cancer in March."You really were the kindest, most caring, beautiful all-round woman and undoubtedly the biggest force for good in my life," he wrote on Instagram. "I owe you infinitely for shaping me to be the man I am today."

Sandy Ratcliff, 70
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Mya-Lecia Naylor, 16
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CBBC fans have been left devastated following the news that TV star Mya-Lecia Naylor has died. The 16-year-old star, who appeared in TV shows Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, passed away on April 7th after collapsing.

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Real Housewives of Miami star Elsa Patton passed away in May aged 84. She rose to fame after her daughter, Marysol Patton was cast in the Miami version of the Real Housewives franchise. "Our beloved Elsa Patton (AKA Mama Elsa) passed away over Mother's Day weekend after a long illness," the family said in a statement. "She was surrounded by her family and close friends. Elsa was predeceased by her husband of 50 years Donald Patton who passed away last February of 2018,"

Melissa Ede, 58
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Trans lottery winner Melissa Ede, who once told Closer she hoped to outshine Caitlyn Jenner as a trans icon, passed away aged 58 in May 2019. She died less than a week after a 5-day hospital stay after showing 'classic signs' of a heart attack."It does make you think. While I was laid on the bed with ambulance people around me, you do start to think 's**t what is this all about?What am I doing, I have just won £4m and I'm going to peg it?'. I need to be doing more in life," she said.Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/13/transgender-national-lottery-winner-melissa-ede-dies-58-9511608/?ito=cbshareTwitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/

Doris Day, 97
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Hollywood icon Doris Day has died aged 97.Her roles in some of the biggest films from Hollywood's golden era, including Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk and her hit 1956 record Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be), made into one of the most celebrated film stars of all time.

Tributes have been pouring in from Mike’s Love Island co-stars and friends, including Montana Brown who shared a heartfelt message to her close friend.

Alongside a series of photos of the pair, she wrote: “I’ve thought long and hard about what I want to say, I’ve woken up and unfortunately this wasn’t just a nightmare so this is to you Mr Thala.

“Firstly, I’m so angry at you for doing this because you are so loved by so many people and I just wish you picked up the phone so we could’ve sorted this out. This didn’t need to happen😭.

“Secondly, it annoys me that you were so misunderstood. “Muggy Mike” was your stage name and let’s face it, the ladies did fall at your feet BUT everyone had this impression of you and you were literally the opposite you were one of a kind.”

She also revealed that Mike had been “in a dark place” and added that she was “heartbroken” she couldn’t help him more.

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With former Love Island stars criticising the show for their ‘lack of support’ when the contestants leave the villa, actress Sheridan Smith called for Mike’s death to be a ‘wake-up call’.

She tweeted: “I feel sick, reach out, sometimes to the most confident friend, we can only learn & try to change"

Our thoughts are with Mike’s family and friends at this sad time.

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