Sean O’grady For Mailonline
01:55 GMT, 17 March 2019
02:27 GMT, 17 March 2019
Sheridan Smith has said Mike Thalassitis’ death should be a ‘massive wake-up call’ and has called for change.
The Love Island star, 26, was found dead in a woodland on Saturday after it emerged he was grieving for the loss of his grandmother and a close friend who both died recently.
Sheridan, 37, took to social media following the news of his passing and wrote: ‘This should be a massive wake-up call, I feel sick, reach out, sometimes to the most confident friend. We can only learn and try to change.’
Speaking out: Sheridan Smith has said Mike Thalassitis’ death should be a ‘massive wake-up call’ and has called for change (pictured in January 2019)
The actress also offered help to those who are just starting out in the entertainment industry, writing: ‘Anything I can do. I think we owe it to these kids who don’t know what they are getting into.’
Mike – who rose to fame on season three of Love Island – was also preparing to open a restaurant in Essex.
His manager confirmed the news on Saturday. The cause of his death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information.
The former League One footballer, who comes from a Cypriot family, enjoyed a successful playing career before becoming a beloved reality TV star.
Passing: Mike, 26, was found dead in woodland on Saturday after it emerged he was grieving for the loss of his grandmother and a close friend who both died recently (pictured in 2018)
He last played football for Margate in 2017 before going on to appear on E4’s Celebs Go Dating in 2018.
Several reality stars took to social media to pay tribute to Mike.
Love Island star Chris Hughes also took to social media tonight to pay his respects.
He tweeted: ‘His name wasn’t Muggy Mike. Please stop brandishing that. His name was Mike Thalassitis, and every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends. A good guy, taken far, far to soon.’
Tribute: Several stars posted messages about Mike following the news of his passing
Fellow Love Island contestant Olivia Atwood posted on Instagram: ‘Literally don’t know what to say. Another one gone too young. Thinking of mike’s family and friends at the horrendous time. you will be missed terribly.’
Love Island host Caroline Flack dubbed Thalassitis a ‘total gentleman’. She said: ‘Mike… you were a total gentleman… I won’t forget that … it’s so sad …you will be missed. RIP.’
Sheridan has been honest about her mental health battle following the death of her beloved father Colin from cancer in 2016.
Career: Mike is a former League One footballer and enjoyed a successful playing career before becoming a beloved reality TV star (pictured in 2017)
Speaking previously on Lorraine, she said: ‘Everyone goes through grief and people deal with it in different ways.
‘Once you’re finally out the other side, there will always be days when it hits you, but people are stopping me in the street and cuddling me and been really supportive.’
Speaking about the dark times, she said: ‘I totally had a breakdown.
‘Unfortunately, I was spiralling out of control and I was making mistakes and wasn’t in my right frame of mind, so I understand why I did get backlash.’
Plans: Mike was also preparing to open a restaurant in Essex (pictured in 2018)