Love Island star Sophie Gradon has passed away at the age of 32, according to a Facebook post by her boyfriend.
Sophie’s partner Aaron Armstrong confirmed the former reality star’s death on Facebook, stating he was “absolutely ravaged”, with friends using their condolences.
Publishing a photo of the two of them together, he composed: “I will always remember that smile I enjoy you so much baby your my world permanently ever and always.”
The couple had only recently returned from a vacation in the resort town of Antibes near Cannes and Nice in southern France after celebrating his birthday.
” Having a magical time … very first time in Antibes and I’m blown away by the appeal of the location,” Gradon composed on Facebook.
” … how’s everybody discovering the new love island??? I can’t wait to catch up on all the goings on over the previous week, I need upgraded!!! Who’s your fave???”.
Northumbria Police said: “At about 8.27 pm yesterday (June 20) cops participated in a residential or commercial property in Medburn, Ponteland, where unfortunately a 32-year-old lady was found deceased.
” There are not thought to be any suspicious situations surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.”.
The day prior to she passed away, Gradon posted a video on social networks of her boyfriend dancing with a pet, describing her other half as the love of her life and “the one”.
Three days prior to that, she paid tribute on Instagram to club employer Paul Burns – called Mr Newcastle – who passed away at the aged of 37 previously this month.
She composed: “Today was everything about you sweetie. What an incredible send for our Mr Newcastle @mrpaulburns1 Thank you for being there when you identified I needed somebody, you are a real saint. I only want I had learnt more about you much better. All my love and thoughts with your nearest and dearest.
“@vickypattison you made us laugh & cry all at the same time… #viviennewestwood @emmaenglish_ you told us about his selflessness & the size of his heart @christianotup and @andysr79you gave us insight into his love for his work & all his friends in this town @rosiemayedge you gave us a collection of memories to treasure forever. I’ve never felt so emotional yet so uplifted in my life. #paulburns #mrnewcastle #restinpeace.”
The TV celebrity from Newcastle took part in the second series of Love Island in 2016 and was one half of the ITV2 dating show’s first same-sex couple.
She was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009.
Her Love Island co-star Katie Salmon stated she was “sad” and composed: “Your smile will be remembered forever.”
Olivia Buckland, who appeared in Love Island with Gradon, tweeted: “Awful dreadful news this morning. I am gutted. I am so sorry the world failed you. You were such a complex, imaginative, smart soul. Words fail me.”
In a further tweet, she wrote: “You helped us through so much. Your smile was one in a million. The world stopped working. I send out all my love and my thoughts to you today. To your household and your loved ones. I can not exercise what to say. RIP you gorgeous stunning woman. I’m so fortunate to have actually satisfied you. #stayshapey.”
Alex Bowen, who also appeared in Love Island in 2016, wrote: “We had great deals of little chats and so lots of laughs. you were the shoulder to weep on and a stunning individual with a beautiful soul. Shine intense because sky Sophie gradon.”
@sophiegradon you were only helping me battle the twitter trolls yesterday 😩💔 rest in peace beautiful ❤
— H O L L Y H A G A N (@HollyGShore) June 21, 2018
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.
— Olivia Buckland (@OliviaDBuck) June 21, 2018
“Such a awful day,” wrote Cara de la Hoyde, who won Love Island in 2016. “My heart is broken & goes out to the very one effected.”
De la Hoyde’s partner and fellow Love Island winner Nathan Massey wrote: “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.”
Love Island host Caroline Flack tweeted: “So very sad . Such a beautiful soul …. such a beautiful smile …thoughts and love with friends and family @sophiegradon.”
I’m beyond heartbroken, I’m in shock. My gorgeous girl, why. 😢😭 you will be truly missed, I will think about you every single day. The nicest, kindest, caring, hard working girl I have ever met. Sending all my love to your family. I love you x @sophiegradon pic.twitter.com/PqqPeb4PA7
— Zara Holland (@zaraholland11) June 21, 2018
Former Miss GB and Love Island star Zara Holland, decribed Gradon as “the nicest, kindst, caring, hard woking girl I have ever met”.
She wrote: “I’m beyond heartbroken, I’m in shock. My gorgeous girl, why.”
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