a woman sitting on a bench posing for the camera: Sophie was a former Miss Newcastle


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Sophie was a former Miss Newcastle


Love Island’s Sophie Gradon has died at the age of 32.

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 picture of them together, he wrote: “I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always”



a man and a woman smiling for the camera: Sophie with boyfriend Aaron Armstrong


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Sophie with boyfriend Aaron Armstrong


The former reality star, who hailed from Newcastle, was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009.

She’s also a former Miss Newcastle.

It is not yet known how Sophie died.

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a woman wearing a black dress: Love Island's Sophie Gradon dies at 32


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Love Island’s Sophie Gradon dies at 32

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.”

She made history on Love Island as one half of the show’s first same-sex couple after she coupled up with Katie Salmon.



a woman sitting on a bench posing for the camera: She was on Love Island in 2016


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She was on Love Island in 2016

Before that, she’d been coupled up with barman Tom Powell.

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Geordie Shore’s Holly Hagan paid tribute on Twitter, saying: “you were only helping me battle the twitter trolls yesterday rest in peace beautiful”

The show’s Nathan Henry also reacted to the shocking news of her death.



a woman looking at the camera: She made history on the show by coupling up with Katie Salmon


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She made history on the show by coupling up with Katie Salmon


He wrote on Twitter: “rest in peace you beautiful little angel, the heavens are blessed with a beautiful smile R.I.P xxx”

The official Miss Great Britain Twitter account also paid tribute, saying: “Shocked beyond belief!!! RIP @sophiegradon sending all our love to Sophie’s family at this incredibly sad time xx”

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Hayley Hughes, who was in the villa this year, tweeted: “In lost of words right now! RIP @sophiegradon such an amazing and beautiful girl”



a person posing for the camera: Sophie was a former Miss Newcastle


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Sophie was a former Miss Newcastle

Just yesterday, Sophie posted on Instagram about an underwear brand she loved.

Posting up in a black bra and pink knickers, she wrote: “@sneakyvaunt have just released all of these beautiful new bralettes and underwear. Seriously unlike anything I’ve ever seen on Insta. You need to check them out. I couldn’t get over how comfy and soft they are #heaven. Def go check them out at sneakyvaunt.com!”

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