Sophie Gradon: ITV2 leads tributes to ex-Love Island star

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    Sophie Gradon in 2010 after being crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great BritainImage copyright PA
    Image caption Gradon was crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009

    ITV2 has led tributes to former Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon who has died at the age of 32.

    Gradon, who was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009, was found dead at her home on Thursday. Police are not treating her death as suspicious.

    A short on-screen tribute was aired before Thursday’s episode of Love Island with a photo and the words: “In loving memory of Sophie Gradon.”

    Many viewers welcomed the “beautiful” tribute to the reality star.

    “That little tribute to Sophie broke my heart,” one person wrote on Twitter, while another said: “Why am I crying at the 1 second tribute to Sophie Gradon on Love Island tonight.”

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    Image caption The on-screen tribute

    Gradon, who appeared on the 2016 series of the ITV2 dating show, was also a former winner of Miss Newcastle.

    Her boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, wrote on Facebook: “I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always.”

    Love Island presenter Caroline Flack said the news was “so very sad”.

    The makers of the programme, which recently began its latest series, also expressed condolences.

    In a statement, Northumbria Police said: “At about 8.27pm yesterday (20 June) 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.”

    Olivia Buckland, who appeared with Gradon on Love Island, described her as a “beautiful beautiful woman” with a “one in a million” smile.

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    Alex Bowen, a contestant on the 2016 series, said she was “a beautiful person with a beautiful soul”, while Kady McDermott, another 2016 participant, said she was “absolutely heartbroken“.

    Cara de la Hoyde, who won the 2016 series with Nathan Massey, said her “heart [was] broken” as well, while Amber Davies, winner of the 2017 series, said she was “absolutely in shock“.

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    Image caption She took part in the Great North Run in 2011

    Other reality TV stars have also paid tribute, with Mario Falcone from The Only Way is Essex saying he was left “speechless” by the news.

    The organisers of the Miss Great Britain contest said they were “sending all our love” to Gradon’s family.

    Gradon coupled up with Thomas Powell in the Love Island villa and went on to have a relationship with Katie Salmon.

    In a lengthy message on Twitter, Salmon said her “smile will be remembered forever”.

    Gradon, who had more than 400,000 followers on Instagram, took part in a talk earlier this year about the impact of social media on children. Psychologist Emma Kenny, who took part in the same event, described her as an “utterly lovely woman”.

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