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'Love Island' star who had the first ever same-sex relationship inside the villa has died

Sophie Gradon was found dead in her home in Ponteland on Wednesday evening

2018-06-21

Love Island contestant who had the first ever same-sex relationship has died.

Sophie Gradon, who was a former Miss Newcastle and Miss GB winner, shot to fame on the second series of the hit ITV2 show back in 2016 and made history by becoming part of a same-sex relationship in the villa after briefly pairing up with Katie Salmon.

Sadly Sophie, who was dating Aaron Armstrong who branded her “The One”, was found dead in her home on Wednesday (June 20) but the police do not believe there to be any “suspicious circumstances”, the Daily Mail reported.

Northumbria Police said in a statement: At about 8.27pm yesterday, 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.”

The host of the ITV show, Caroline Flack, lead the tributes dubbing her a “beautiful soul” while Katie shared a heartbreaking statement.

Flack wrote: “So very sad… Such a beautiful soul… Such a beautiful smile… thoughts and love with friends and family.”

Katie urged people to be “kind to every person” in the heartbreaking tribute to her ex.

She wrote: “Isn’t it crazy how someone so stunning, so smiley and appeared so happy can feel no way out.

“The world we live in behind social media. I urge everyone to be kind to every person they meet and speak with social media and in person a simple smile, a simple nice comment can really make a difference, you really don’t know the battles they go through every single day.”

Sophie’s boyfriend also paid tribute to her and wrote: “I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby, your my world forever.”