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Sophie Gradon Dies: Love Island UK Star's Heartbreaking Final Interview

"The harsh reality is, it can end up with that person taking their own life. And as you’ve seen in the media, that is what happens. Can you imagine being responsible for that?”

Love Island UK star Sophie Gradon has died at the age of 32, her family and police have confirmed.

The former Miss Great Britain appeared in the 2016 series of the British version of Love Island and was a part of the show’s first-ever same-sex couple with Katie Salmon.

A representative for Love Island spoke out on the bubbly star’s death, saying, "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."

Police also released a statement after the Brit was found at her parents' home, saying there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

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.

In the months leading up to her death, Gradon had spoken openly of incessant harassment from online trolls and had reportedly gone through bouts of depression and would regularly update her social media followers with posts about her mental health.

via Twitter.

Speaking to Radio Aire just three months ago, she opened up on the devastating impact of cyber bullies following her appearance on the show, saying, “It was horrific. I think when you get so many comments on the scale we did coming out of thousands of followers.”

“There would be so many negative comments. They are commenting on the way you look, the way you talk. They would come up with an opinion of you on a TV show where they’ve watched you for 45 minutes,” she added.

"The harsh reality is, it can end up with that person taking their own life. And as you’ve seen in the media, that is what happens. Can you imagine being responsible for that?”

A close friend also told The Sun that Gradon had been battling her demons of late.

"She had been privately struggling with depression but close friends thought she was in a great place as she was madly in love with her boyfriend and life was good. However her good friend Paul Burns died and it affected her very badly,” they said, adding, "She struggled to cope with it and fell into a dark place."

Katie Salmon, who Gradon had hooked up with on Love Island, paid an emotional tribute to her friend, encouraging others to ‘be kind’.

"Isn't it crazy how someone so stunning, so smiley and appeared so happy can feel no way out,” she said.

"I urge everyone to be kind to every person they meet and speak with on social media and in person a simple smile a simple nice comment can really make a difference; you really don't know the battle they go through every single day."

Gradon’s boyfriend Aaron Armstrong also posted a photo of himself and Gradon in wake of the tragic news, saying, “I will never forget that smile.”

He added, “I love you so much baby you’re my world forever and always”.

Several Love Island alumni also shared their condolences over social media.

If you, or anyone you know, is seeking support contact lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit https://www.lifeline.org.au/.

Feature image: ITV