1. Love Island star Sophie Gradon has been found dead, aged 32.
Police said her death was not “suspicious”.
“At about 8.27pm [June 20] police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased,” a Northumbria Police spokesperson in a statement.
“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.”
Sophie’s boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, who she was believed to have been dating since the second half of last year, confirmed the news to fans with a loving tribute next to a photo of the pair.
“I will never forget that smile,” he wrote. “I love you so so much baby you’re my world forever ever and always.”
In 2016, Sophie appeared on the UK series of Love Island. The team has expressed its condolences on Twitter.
The whole ITV2 and Love Island team are profoundly saddened to hear the news about Sophie, and our deepest sympathies and thoughts go to her family and friends.
— Love Island (@LoveIsland) June 21, 2018
Sophie was one half of the show’s first same-sex couple. On Twitter, her ex-girlfriend Katie Salmon posted a tribute, in which she suggested the star had taken her own life.
This has not been confirmed by police.
“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,” Katie wrote.