MIKE Thalassitis was in talks to join Towie in the months leading up to his tragic death, The Sun can reveal.
The Love Island star, who committed suicide this week, had met with producers about becoming a regular face on the Essex reality series.
Mike Thalassitis dated former Towie star Megan McKenna[/caption]
But Mike, 26, turned down the chance to feature on the same show that previously starred his ex-Megan McKenna with bosses in agreement that it wasn’t the right move for him.
A TV source said: “Towie producers were really keen for Mike to sign-up but he had his reservations.
“He loved his time on Celebs Go Dating and had grown close to the cast and producers – but joining Towie was a bigger commitment and he would also have to film scenes with Megan’s ex Pete Wicks.
“Friends close to Mike thought the move could have given him a new lease of life, including a regular income though it just never came to be.”
He was on Love Island with ex Towie star Georgia Harrison[/caption]
Towie legend Mario Falcone paid tribute to Mike[/caption]
Mike had grown close to Megan’s friendship group during their time together, including former Towie star Amber Turner, bottom right[/caption]
Mike had been preparing to open restaurant The Skillet in Loughton, Essex before his passing on Saturday.
He also lived in the area and had grown close to Megan’s friendship group during their time together, including former Towie star Amber Turner.
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Megan broke her silence after his death yesterday, telling her 2.2million followers she was in “complete shock” following the news.
She said: “Sorry I haven’t been on social media but I’m in complete shock and trying to come to terms with this I can’t believe I’m even writing this post.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Mike’s family. Rest in peace Mike.”