Sophie Gradon, who was a former contestant on Love Island, has died at the age of 32.
Northumbria Police confirmed Gradon’s passing today in a short statement. “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.”
Gradon took part in the popular ITV dating series back in 2016, while she was crowned as the winner of both Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009.
Gradon’s boyfriend Aaron Armstrong paid tribute to the 32-year-old on Facebook by posting a photo of the couple, writing: “I will never forget that smile.”
I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always ❤️❤️
Love Island host Caroline Flack led the many tributes to Gradon on Twitter, praising her as “a beautiful soul”. The organisers of the Miss Great Britain competition said that they were “shocked beyond belief” at the news of Gradon’s passing.
See a selection of the tributes below.
So very sad . Such a beautiful soul …. such a beautiful smile …thoughts and love with friends and family @sophiegradon ❤️
— caroline flack (@carolineflack1) June 21, 2018
Shocked beyond belief!!! RIP @sophiegradon sending all our love to Sophie’s family at this incredibly sad time 😔xx
— Miss Great Britain ® (@Official_MissGB) June 21, 2018
Absolutely heartbroken to hear what happened to Soph. I am so glad to have experienced Love Island with you and to have known you. Kind gentle soul taken too young. Stay Shapey up there. RIP💔
— Kady (@kadymcdermottx) June 21, 2018
Truly shocked and upset from the news this morning ! You was like a big sis to me in the villa 😞 thoughts go out to her family and Friends ! RIP Soph ❤️
— LORD Nathan Massey (@NathanMassey_) June 21, 2018
Thoughts are with @sophiegradon family and friends. What sad, heartbreaking news. All my love x
— ⚡️GABBY ALLEN⚡️ (@gabbydawnallen) June 21, 2018
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
— Olivia Bowen Buckland (@OliviaDBuck) June 21, 2018
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