Former Love Island star Sophie Gradon dies
Sophie Gradon, who starred on Love Island in 2016, has died at the age of 32. Gradon is famous also for being crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009. Sophie made history on Love Island as one half of the show’s first same-sex couple after she coupled up with Katie Salmon.
Police said the former TV personality died on Wednesday evening (June 20) in non suspicious circumstances. “At about 8.27pm police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased,” a Northumbria Police spokesperson said.
Sophie’s boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, along with her friends and family confirmed via Sophie’s personal Facebook account that she had passed away.
Sharing a tender last picture of them together, Aaron wrote: “I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always.”
A representative for Love Island said: “The whole ITV2 and Love Island team are profoundly saddened to hear the news about Sophie, and our deepest sympathies and thoughts go to her family and friends.”
What threw us for a little bit of a loop is that Sophie posted about her boyfriend on Twitter just two days ago, calling him the love of her life. Sharing a video of him playing with his pet dog, she wrote: “When the love of your life loves his dogs like this you know he’s the one. She’s cuddling him right back … & those arms”
The couple, who confirmed their relationship on Facebook on May 29, had recently returned from a holiday in southern France, where they’d been to celebrate his birthday.