Love Island star's boyfriend dies weeks after her death


The boyfriend of Sophie Gradon, a former contestant on the British reality dating show Love Island and former Miss Great Britain, has died.

Aaron Armstrong, 25, was found dead on July 10 at his home just weeks after Sophie’s death. He was discovered several hours after posting a tribute to his girlfriend on Instagram.

Sophie, whose funeral was on Thursday, battled depression and anxiety.


It is believed the 32-year-old died by suicide on June 20 after her body reportedly was discovered in her parents’ home by Aaron.

The reality TV star was laid to rest at St. George’s Church in Jesmond, a suburb of Newcastle, England, in a private family service, with Aaron sharing a picture of the order of the service on Instagram shortly after.

Sophie Gradon and her partner, Aaron Armstrong, on Instagram. (Photo: Aaron Armstrong via Instagram)

The loving boyfriend also shared a picture of his late other half and wrote, “[Today] is the day I say my [goodbye] to my queen this is the hardest day of my life.”

“I love you so much and just want to hold u tight and give u a big kiss I miss you so so much you will shine so bright up there my angel rest in peace beautiful see u on the other side.”


Since Sophie’s tragic death, most of Aaron’s content on his Instagram involved pictures and videos of the two together.

In one post, he mentioned experiencing a “massive melt down”. He also wrote, “I will see you very soon my angel”.

A family friend told the Sun they were “absolutely gutted” about Aaron’s death, so soon after Sophie’s.

Aaron had revealed that Sophie had died just days before his death, making the announcement on his social media account. Source: Instagram/SophieGradon

According to police, there was no third-party involvement in the death, and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

Just months before her death, Sophie spoke about the devastating impact of being trolled online after starring on Love Island UK. 

“There would be so many negative comments,” she told Radio Aire. “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.”

British Love Island star Sophie Gradon had spoken about the devastating affect of being cyberbullied in her final interview just three months before her death. Source: RadioAire

The brunette — who broke Love Island history in 2016 when she became part of the first same-sex couple on the show — went on to describe how despite receiving nice comments, she couldn’t help but be drawn to the bad ones.

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