Former Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon has died aged 32. The star's boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong revealed the devastating news on his Facebook on Thursday morning, writing: "I will never forget that smile. I love you so so much baby, you're my world forever and always."
A Northumbria Police spokesperson told HELLO!: "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."
Soon after the news broke, several past Love Island contestants paid tribute to Sophie, who took part in series 2 of the hit ITV show. Co-star Olivia Buckland wrote on Twitter: "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."
Amber Davis wrote: "I am in absolutely in shock! @sophiegradon what a beautiful woman you were. RIP" Fellow Islander Cara de la Hoyde posted: "Such a awful day my heart is broken & goes out to the very one effected".
Sophie was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009 and was also a former Miss Newcastle. The official Miss Great Britain Twitter account also paid tribute on Thursday, saying: "Shocked beyond belief!!! RIP @sophiegradon sending all our love to Sophie’s family at this incredibly sad time xx"