Former Love Island contestant and Miss Great Britain Sophie Gradon has died, it’s been reported.
The 32-year-old’s death was confirmed on Facebook by her boyfriend and her family, sharing a touching photo of the couple and he caption: ‘I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always.’
Northumbria Police released a statement saying: ‘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.’
Celebs paid tribute to the star on Twitter after her sudden death.
I am in absolutely in shock! @sophiegradon what a beautiful woman you were. RIP ❤️
— Amber Davies (@Amber_Davies7) June 21, 2018
@sophiegradon rest in peace you beautiful little angel, the heavens are blessed with a beautiful smile R.I.P xxx
— Nathan Henry (@NathanHGShore) June 21, 2018
@sophiegradon you were only helping me battle the twitter trolls yesterday 😩💔 rest in peace beautiful ❤️
— H O L L Y H A G A N (@HollyGShore) June 21, 2018
And the official Miss Great Britain account tweeted their sadness, too.
Shocked beyond belief!!! RIP @sophiegradon sending all our love to Sophie’s family at this incredibly sad time 😔xx
— Miss Great Britain ® (@Official_MissGB) June 21, 2018
Sophie made history on the show by becoming the first ever same-sex couple, when she met Katie Salmon and the pair hit it off, having previously been coupled up with Tom Powell.
Hayley Hughes, one of this year’s contestants who was voted off the show last week, said she was ‘lost of words right now’ and tweeted that Sophie was ‘such an amazing and beautiful girl’.
In lost of words right now 😔! RIP @sophiegradon such an amazing and beautiful girl ❤️❤️
— Hayley Hughes (@HayleyHughes_xx) June 21, 2018
Sophie was also crowned Miss Newcastle prior to being announced as the Miss Great Britain winner in 2009, and appeared on the ITV2 reality show in 2016.