Love Island star Sophie Gradon dead at 32

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Love Island 2016 star Sophie Gradon has died at the age of 32, her boyfriend has confirmed. 

Her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong took to Facebook to break the news, saying: "I will never forget that smile. I love you so so much baby, you're my world forever and always."

Sophie made history on the ITV reality show when she was part of the first same-sex couple, partnering up with Katie Salmon. 

Before her appearance on Love Island she was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009 and is also a former Miss Newcastle.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "At about 8.27pm yesterday (June 20) police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased.

"There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner."

Olivia Buckland, who appeared in Love Island with Gradon, tweeted: "Awful awful news this morning. I am gutted. I am so sorry the world failed you. You were such an intricate, creative, intelligent soul. Words fail me."

In a second tweet, Buckland wrote: "You helped us through so much. Your smile was one in a million. The world failed. I send all my love and my thoughts to you today. To your family and your loved ones. I cannot work out what to say. RIP you beautiful beautiful woman. I'm so lucky to have met you. #stayshapey."