After the news of his death was revealed, his ex co-stars Olivia Buckland and Chris Hughes both hit out at publications for calling him "Muggy Mike" in their headlines.
Love Island fans are calling for the show to be cancelled after star Mike Thalassitis was found dead in the woods near his Essex home.
Mike starred on the third season of the reality series in 2017 where he earned the nickname "Muggy Mike".
Thalassitis was previously in a relationship with The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna, though they reportedly split a year ago. All my love goes out to your friends and family. "Rest in Peace", wrote another.
Mike Thalassitis and Georgia Harrison arriving at the ITV Gala held at the London Palladium in November 2017.
Thalassitis, who comes from a Cypriot family, was a semi-professional footballer prior to his Love Island stint. Please stop brandishing that. "I know personally it's hard to open up but it's the best thing you can do".
He dated The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna before splitting up previous year, and had appeared on the series Celebs Go Dating in 2018.
British television personalities took to social media to mourn Thalassitis' death on Saturday. His name was Mike Thalassitis, and every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends. All the articles how dare you not use his real name.
"Mike wasn't the lad you saw on Love Island." added Dan. "A good guy, taken far, far too soon", Hughes said. "I'm in complete shock". "My heart breaks for your family RIP MikeThalassitis".
I have no words. Mike, you were loved by all of the Love island family. This is horrendous. I'm in shock. "Way too young. Thoughts and prayers with his friends and family".
Celebrity Big Brother star Gabby Allen described the reality hunk as "genuine", writing on Twitter: "Such a kind genuine heart you had".