Sophie Gradon Dead: 'Love Island' Star Dies, Aged 32

‘Love Island’ star Sophie Gradon has died at the age of 32, it has been confirmed.

News of Sophie’s death broke on Thursday morning, when a Facebook page appearing to belong to her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong posted a message that read: “I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always.”

Sophie Gradon in December 2016 (Photo: Graham Stone/REX/Shutterstock)
Sophie Gradon in December 2016 (Photo: Graham Stone/REX/Shutterstock)

Sophie’s cause of death remains currently unconfirmed.

In a statement issued to the Mirror, 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.”

HuffPost UK has contacted Sophie’s manager and ITV for comment.

<strong>Sophie appeared on the second series of 'Love Island'</strong> (Photo: Rex/Shutterstock/ITV)
Sophie appeared on the second series of 'Love Island' (Photo: Rex/Shutterstock/ITV)

Sophie appeared on series two of ‘Love Island’ and made history by becoming one half of the first and only same-sex couple to ever appear on the show.

However, she chose to leave the series after 39 days - just two days after coupling up with co-star Katie Salmon, who eventually ended the show in fourth place, alongside partner Adam Maxted.

During her time on the show, Sophie also dated Tom Powell, and the couple went on to have a short-lived relationship after leaving the villa.

Sophie dated Tom Powell and Katie Salmon while in the villa (Photo: Rex/Shutterstock/ITV)
Sophie dated Tom Powell and Katie Salmon while in the villa (Photo: Rex/Shutterstock/ITV)

Katie was among the first to pay tribute to Sophie on Twitter: “Your smile will be remembered forever. My thoughts are with your family, friends and loved ones at this horrendous time. Too young, too sweet. Too kind. Am sending all my love, I truly am, to everyone who had the pleasure of being in her company.”

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Actress (b. 1988)

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Actor (b. 1982)

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JANUARY

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Ex-NBA Player (b. 1979) and 'American Idol' star (b. 1977)

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FEBRUARY

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Singer with The Temptations (b. 1943)

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FEBRUARY

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Actor (b. 1940) 

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FEBRUARY

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Emma Chambers
Actress (b. 1964)

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MARCH

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Actor (b. 1942)

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MARCH

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MARCH

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MARCH

<strong>Jim Bowen</strong><br /><strong>TV presenter and comedian (b. 1937)</strong><br /><br />Best known for presenting the cult darts-based game show ‘<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullseye_(UK_game_show)" target="_blank">Bullseye</a>’, the comedian died in March, aged 80 having previously suffered difficulties with his health after suffering a stroke in 2016.
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MARCH

<strong>Katie Boyle</strong><br /><strong>Actress and Eurovision Song Contest presenter (b. 1926)</strong><br /><br />“The Italian-born actress, TV personality, agony aunt, game show panellist and dog lover, died peacefully at home,” her publicist said.
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MARCH

<strong>Sir Stephen Hawking</strong><br /><strong>Physicist, Cosmologist, Author (b. 1942)</strong><br /><br />The renowned British physicist, one of the world’s finest scientific minds, died at the age of 76,at his home in Cambridge. His work ranged from the origins of the universe itself, through the tantalising prospect of time travel to the mysteries of space’s all-consuming black holes.
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APRIL

<strong>Timmy Matley</strong><br /><strong>Singer with The Ovetones <i>(b. 1982)<br /><br /></i></strong>Timmy, who usually took lead vocals in The Overtones, joined the band in 2010. <strong><i><br /></i></strong>
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APRIL

<strong>Alex Beckett</strong><br /><strong>Actor <i>(b. 1982)</i></strong><br /><br />The actor, best known for his role as Barney Lumsden in the BBC sitcom 'W1A' died at the age of 36.
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Actor (b. 1982)

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APRIL

<strong>Dale Winton </strong><br /><strong>TV Star <i>(b. 1955)</i></strong><br /><br />The legendary presenter, best known for 'Supermarket Sweep' and 'In It To Win It', died at home. 
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TV Star (b. 1955)

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APRIL

<strong>Avicii</strong><br /><strong>DJ <i>(b. 1989)</i></strong><br /><br />Avicii's death, at the age of 28, stunned the music world and stars including Nile Rodgers paid tribute.
Avicii
DJ (b. 1989)

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APRIL

<strong>Matt Campbell</strong><br /><strong>'Masterchef: The Professionals' Chef <i>(b. 1989)</i></strong><br /><br />Matt died after collapsing at the 22.5 mile mark of the London Marathon. He was running in memory of his father. 
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'Masterchef: The Professionals' Chef (b. 1989)

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APRIL

<strong>Verne Troyer</strong><br /><strong>Actor<i> (b. 1969)</i></strong><br /><br />Best known for playing Mini Me in the ‘Austin Powers’ movies, Verne died at the age of 49.
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Actor (b. 1969)

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JUNE

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Actor (b. 1997) 

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JUNE

<strong>Joe Jackson</strong><br /><strong><i>Musician (b. 1928)</i></strong><br /><br />The patriarch of the Jackson family who managed the Jackson 5 and his son Michael Jackson, died aged 89 of pancreatic cancer.
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Musician (b. 1928)

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JUNE

<strong>Neal E Boyd</strong><br /><i><strong>Actor (b. 1975) </strong></i><br /><br />Neal was best known as the opera singer who won the third series of 'America's Got Talent'. He later released the album, 'My American Dream', and toured with fellow 'Got Talent' winner, Paul Potts.
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Actor (b. 1975) 

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JUNE

<strong>Leslie Grantham</strong><br /><i><strong>Actor (b. 1947) <br /><br /></strong></i>Ex-'EastEnders' star Leslie died after a short period of illness. 
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Actor (b. 1947) 

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JUNE

<strong>XXXTentacion </strong><br /><i><strong>Rapper (b. 1998)<br /><br /></strong></i>The rapper was shot dead in Florida.
XXXTentacion 
Rapper (b. 1998)

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JULY

<strong>Sophie Gradon</strong><br /><strong><i>'Love Island' contestant (b. 1985)<br /><br /></i></strong>The reality star was found dead at her parents' home. 
Sophie Gradon
'Love Island' contestant (b. 1985)

The reality star was found dead at her parents' home. 

AUGUST

<strong>Barry (Chuckle) Elliott</strong><br /><i><strong>Comedian (b. 1944)</strong></i><br /><br />Known as one half of the comedy duo the 'Chuckle Brothers', Barry died aged 73. He had bone cancer that had spread to his lungs prior to his death. Known for his slapstick comedy and catchphrase "to me, to you" with his brother Paul, Barry delighted a generation of British children.
Barry (Chuckle) Elliott
Comedian (b. 1944)

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AUGUST

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Aretha Franklin
Singer (b. 1942)

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AUGUST

<strong> Stefan Karl Stefansson</strong><br /><strong><i>Actor</i> <i>(b. 1975)</i><br /></strong><br />Stefan was known for playing the antagonist, Robbie Rotten on the BBC children's show 'Lazy Town'. He originally appeared on the show from 2004 to 2007, before returning in 2013 until the show finished the following year. He died of bile duct cancer, which he had been suffering from for two years. 
Stefan Karl Stefansson
Actor (b. 1975)

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SEPTEMBER

<strong>Rachael Bland<br /><i>Radio Presenter</i> <i>(b. 1978)</i><br /></strong><br />Rachael Bland was a Welsh journalist, and served as a presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live. She died after a two year battle with breast cancer, during which she had documented her experiences through a podcast called 'You, Me And The Big C'.
Rachael Bland
Radio Presenter (b. 1978)

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SEPTEMBER

<strong>Burt Reynolds<br /><i>Actor</i> <i>(b. 1936)</i><br /></strong><br />Burt Reynolds was an Oscar-nominated actor, who starred in titles like 'Boogie Nights' and 'Deliverance'. He died after going into cardiac arrest.
Burt Reynolds
Actor (b. 1936)

Burt Reynolds was an Oscar-nominated actor, who starred in titles like 'Boogie Nights' and 'Deliverance'. He died after going into cardiac arrest.

SEPTEMBER

<strong>Peter Benson <br /><i>Actor</i> <i>(b. 1943)</i><br /></strong><br />Peter Benson was an actor best known for his role as Bernie Scripps on the ITV series, 'Heartbeat'. He died following a relatively short illness.
Peter Benson 
Actor (b. 1943)

Peter Benson was an actor best known for his role as Bernie Scripps on the ITV series, 'Heartbeat'. He died following a relatively short illness.

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