Mike Aktari was a celebrity in his own right having featured in one of the highly successful reality TV shows of the 2010s. He starred in 3 seasons of the reality series Jerseylicious which was aired on the Style Network. Though he was not a part of the main cast, he appeared regularly on the show and this endeared him to fans and lovers of the show all over the world.
Aktari was also known to have dated two of the main characters on Jerseylicious and interestingly, his stint on the show ended after he broke up with one of the show’s lead stars. He eventually went off the media radar after leaving the show and many have continued to wonder what became of this beloved reality TV star afterward. Beyond being a television star, Mike Aktari was also a personal trainer and it is believed that he returned to this career when his stint on Jerseylicious came to an end.
Biography – Who Was Mike Aktari?
Mike Aktari was born in the year 1989 in Westbury, a village in Nassau County in the U.S. state of New York. Information regarding his early education and upbringing have continued to elude the media. There is also limited information about his family life, parents, and siblings. However, he is known to have at least one younger brother.
Aktari remained largely unknown and unpopular until 2010 when he made his television debut on the reality series Jerseylicious. The series was based on the lives of 6 stylists who work at different salons located in Green Brook Township, New Jersey.
The show was first aired in March 2010 on the now defunct Style Network. Mike Aktari featured in seasons 2, 3, and 4 of the show from 2010 to 2012 and his appearance on the show was centered on his relationship with one of its lead stars.
Wife or Girlfriend, Was He Married?
Mike Aktari was never known to be married during his lifetime. However, being a highly attractive and desirable man, he was never in lack of dating options. In fact, he was considered by many to be the best looking man on the show and indeed he put his good looks to good use.
His most prominent relationship was with Olivia Blois Sharpe, a makeup artist and one of the lead characters on the reality series. The two were said to have first met via Facebook but it remains unclear when they officially started dating. Their relationship lasted for 3 years between 2010 and 2012.
Mike Aktari was also known to have dated another Jerseylicious star Tracy DiMarco-Epstein. The time duration of their relationship remains unknown but they are known to have parted ways before the beginning of the show.
Was He Gay?
Aktari’s sexuality was never a subject of debate as he was well known to be straight. A glance through his dating history sufficiently proves that the former TV star was very much into women. There are no records of him getting involved in any same-sex relationship and he never made any proclamations to suggest so.
How Did He Die?
Mike Aktari’s death occurred on the 13th day of March in the year 2017 and he was 28 years of age at the time. He is reported to have died in his hometown of Westbury, New York, on Long Island.
There were initial reports from the police that no foul play was involved in his untimely death. Toxicology tests were conducted to determine the actual cause of his death but the results of these tests were not released to the public. These led to rumors in several quarters that he may have died of a drug overdose. There were also reports that he had suffered some form of ailment in his last days. His death has been largely attributed to “unknown causes”.
Aktari’s ex-lover Olivia Blois Sharpe shared a touching tribute in his honor via social media. She equally posted photos of some of their best moments together during their relationship. His younger brother was also said to have written a heartfelt tribute in memory of the Jerseylicious star.