The TV celebrity from Newcastle took part in the second series of the dating show and was one half of its first same-sex couple.
Love Island star Sophie Gradon has died at the age of 32, according to a Facebook post by her boyfriend.
Sophie’s boyfriend Aaron Armstrong confirmed the former reality star’s death on Facebook, saying he was “absolutely devastated”, with friends offering their condolences.
Posting a picture of the two 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.”
Love Island star Sophie Gradon
Gradon (left), and reigning Miss Newcastle Hannah Gray in 2011
Gradon, The Clothes Show, NEC Birmingham in 2016
The couple had only recently returned from a holiday in the resort town of Antibes near Cannes and Nice in southern France after celebrating his birthday.
“Having a magical time… first time in Antibes and I’m blown away by the beauty of the place,” Gradon wrote on Facebook.
“… how’s everyone finding the new love island??? I can’t wait to catch up on all the goings on over the past week, I need updated!!! Who’s your fave???”
Northumbria Police 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.”
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 😍 pic.twitter.com/WnyH4iJSv7
— Sophie Gradon (@sophiegradon) June 19, 2018
The day before she died, Gradon posted a video on social media of her boyfriend dancing with a dog, describing her other half as the love of her life and “the one”.
Three days prior to that, she paid tribute on Instagram to nightclub boss Paul Burns – known as Mr Newcastle – who died at the aged of 37 earlier this month.
Sophie Gradon was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009
Gradon in an episode of the second series of Love Island in 2016
Gradon was part of the ITV2 show’s first same-sex couple
She wrote: “Today was all about you sweetheart. What an amazing send off for our Mr Newcastle @mrpaulburns1 Thank you for being there when you recognised I needed someone, you are a true saint. I only wish I had got to know you 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.
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
he competition tweeted: “Shocked beyond belief!!! RIP @sophiegradon sending all our love to Sophie’s family at this incredibly sad time 😔xx
Her Love Island co-star Katie Salmon said she was “heartbroken” and wrote: “Your smile will be remembered forever.”
Fly high beautiful so high! 💎❤ pic.twitter.com/JPrqQgkPqC
— Katie Salmon (@katiesalmon24) June 21, 2018
Olivia Buckland, who appeared in Love Island with Gradon, tweeted: “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.”
In a further tweet, she wrote: “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.”
Alex Bowen, who also appeared in Love Island in 2016, wrote: “We had lots of little chats and so many laughs. you were the the shoulder to cry on and a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. Shine bright in that sky Sophie gradon.”
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.”