Mike's management confirmed the sad news of his death on Saturday, March 16. Sam and Mike joined E4's Celebs Go Dating final 12 months, and Sam has now recalled how they first met on the present.
"I keep in mind the primary time I laid eyes upon him. I keep in mind the phrases that got here to my head… f**ok me he’s a greek god... I had genuinely by no means seen a extra excellent specimen of [a] man. Needless to say an already fairly insecure Sam retreated straight into his shell," he wrote on Instagram.
"What occurred subsequent shocked me. He came visiting to me, handed me a drink, apologised for not saying howdy earlier, advised me he was terrified and stated he could not wait to hang around extra. I stood there reasonably ashamed at how badly I had simply judged a ebook by its cowl."
"This man was one of the vital well mannered gents I had ever met," added Sam.
Sam added that Mike had Celebs Go Dating's receptionist Tom Read-Wilson "shocked in a day", and "had us in stitches of laughter when he would recount his Love Island tales".
Chris Hughes, Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies, who appeared on Love Island with Mike, have been among the many first to share their tributes and reminiscences.
Jonny Mitchell, who grew to become pals with Mike throughout their time on the ITV2 present, stated he was "heartbroken" by the information on Instagram.