Sick Love Island fans cash in on Mike Thalassitis’s death by selling merch on eBay
SICK Love Island fans are cashing in on Mike Thalassitis’ death ahead of the launch of the new series.
Vile sellers are flogging ‘Muggy Mike’ T-shirts, gym bags, masks featuring Mike’s face and even BABY VESTS on both eBay and Amazon – despite the 26-year-old reality star tragically dying in March.
Many of the items are branded with the hashtag '#muggy', while others are printed with 'Muggy Mike'.
Former footballer Mike was given the nickname ‘Muggy Mike’ by fellow Love Islander Chris Hughes during the 2017 series of the ITV2 reality show.
A 'Muggy Mike' badge, on sale on Amazon for £6, has even been described as “stylish” by the seller.
Fans of Love Island are now calling for eBay and Amazon to pull the items.
One blasted: “This is just sick.
“I don’t know how people can sleep at night peddling this kind of rubbish after what happened to poor Mike.”
Mike’s body was found in a park in Edmonton, North London, on March 16.
Met police confirmed he had taken his own life.
Last week, an inquest into Mike’s death was postponed to a later date.
A spokesperson for North London Coroner’s Court confirmed that a senior coroner was unavailable.
Tonight, 12 new Love Island contestants will enter the villa as the fifth series of the show gets underway.
During the opening episode, a tribute to Mike will be aired following a U-turn by ITV bosses, who had previously decided not to bring up his sad death.
A Love Island insider told the Mirror: "Producers wanted to pay their respects to Mike and show his friends, family and fans that he was a part of the Love Island family and is missed deeply by everyone.
"It is a really difficult subject but they wanted to address it rather than sweep it under the carpet or pretend it hasn’t happened."
Last June, Love Island host Caroline Flack paid tribute to ex-contestant Sophie Gradon during Love Island spin-off show Aftersun.
The star passed away during the run of the fourth series.
Love Island bosses have now announced they are making changes to their aftercare policy following Mike and Sophie's deaths.
In a letter to The Sun, creative director Richard Cowles said therapy would now be available to “all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us".
He added: "When something so awful happens we naturally enter a period of soul searching and ask whether anything could have been done."
WHERE TO GET HELP
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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