Sophie Gradon inquest reveals star took her own life
18 April 2019 - 12:00 PM

Sophie Gradon inquest reveals star took her own life

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Sophie Gradon took her own life by hanging after taking alcohol and cocaine, an inquest has ruled.

The "Love Island" star was tragically found dead aged 32 at her parents" home in June 2018, and coroner Eric Armstrong - sitting in North Shields, North Tyneside - said that a combination of drink and drugs made people more likely to harm themselves, and confirmed Sophie died by suicide.

The same coroner had issued a similar warning last summer when Sophie boyfriend Aaron Armstrong was found dead just days after she was laid to rest.

He said at the time: "His thinking was muddled by the distress of Sophie's death, the distress at having found her, with his brother.

"The consequence of taking alcohol and cocaine together prevented him from thinking rationally about his actions."

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At the time of Sophie's death, police confirmed there were no "suspicious circumstances surrounding her death".

The former Miss Great Britain model won a legion of fans in 2016 when she entered the "Love Island" villa and found love with Thomas Powell.

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But later on in the series, she moved on to Katie Salmon and they became the first bisexual couple on the show.

Her co-star Olivia Buckland paid tribute to her at the time of death writing 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."

The show's host Caroline Flack tweeted: "So very sad. Such a beautiful soul, such a beautiful smile."

And Cara De La Hoyde - who won the series with Nathan Massey - added: "Such a awful day my heart is broken & goes out to the very one effected (sic)"

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