Love Island, the show which sprung Sophie Gradon into the public eye, has paid tribute to the Reality TV personality.
Shockwaves rippled through the world of reality television yesterday following the untimely death of Sophie Gradon, at the age of 32, who appeared on the 2016 version of the show.
This evening, (June 21), the show made it known just how special an addition Sophie was to the programme, and how dearly she’ll be missed.
The programme opened with a photo of Sophie, dedicating the show to her memory:
The touching tribute was described as ‘heartbreaking’ by avid viewers of the series. Some even commented how the tribute had given them ‘the shivers’.
Viewers took to Twitter to express their feelings on the tribute:
— Ryan Love (@RyanJL) June 21, 2018
— Lianne Joyce (@squareshapedbox) June 21, 2018
— ♥ 석진 (@shonajimin) June 21, 2018
That little tribute to Sophie gave me the shivers? #loveisland
— Emma D xoxoxo (@emmadaviesxx11) June 21, 2018
When #loveisland starts with a tribute ? thinking of Sophie’s family at this emotional time xx
— B E T H ? (@beth_forster22) June 21, 2018
However some fans were disappointed with the tribute.
Some also questioned whether it would be the only dedication to Sophie:
I’m really disappointed that that’s all love island did as a tribute to Sophie
— Chloe Mason (@masonchloeee) June 21, 2018
I really hope that 1 second photo of Sophie wasn’t love islands only tribute…
— Chantal (@chantalbrindley) June 21, 2018
— ⚓️ (@Ashley07190285) June 21, 2018
— siobhan fuller (@siobhanfuller97) June 21, 2018
— Amy ? (@BarbsXKen) June 21, 2018
Sophie’s boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, along with her friends and family, confirmed the news on social media.
Aaron took to his personal social media account to pay tribute to his girlfriend, uploading a picture of the two of them with the caption:
I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always
Sophie herself had been active on social media just days before her death.
In some of her posts, she was even reacting to the latest series of the ITV show.
One of her last few posts was dedicated to her partner Aaron:
Earlier this month, on Friday 15 June, Sophie had attended the funeral of Paul ‘Mr Newcastle’ Burns, later taking to Twitter in commemoration.
At 10.40pm that evening, she tweeted:
I feel very deep tonight. Reflecting on life & what it means to live.
The tweet was accompanied by a quote from the poet, J Raymond, which read:
I want to live and love recklessly. Fly higher, drive faster, feel too deeply and act on things in spite of fear.
I want to be out of control, laugh to no end, meet more strange people, make memories when I’m least expecting it, settle less, and see things that are beautiful and unusual.
Taste new foods, and fall in love with as many things and people as possible. I want to learn, and I want to question things more.
Because, my god, our time to live is limited, and I swear, good enough never is.
I feel very deep tonight. Reflecting on life & what it means to live. pic.twitter.com/pUOMHj49LK
— Sophie Gradon (@sophiegradon) June 15, 2018
The reality star, from Newcastle, was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009, and was also a former Miss Newcastle.
She made history on Love Island as one half of the show’s first same-sex couples, after she paired up with Katie Salmon.
Northumbria Police released the following statement:
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.
Tributes are being posted online by Sophie’s friends, and fellow reality television personalities.
Olivia Buckland, who appeared on the same series of Love Island as Sophie described her as a ‘creative, intelligent soul’.
Awful, awful news this morning. I am gutted. I am so sorry the world failed you. You were such an intricate, creative, intelligent soul. Words fail me.
You helped us through so much. Your smile was one in a million. The world failed. I send all my love and my thoughts to you today.
To your family and your loved ones. I cannot work out what to say. RIP you beautiful beautiful woman. I’m so lucky to have met you. #stayshapey.
Awful awful news this morning. I am gutted. I am so sorry the world failed you. You were such an intricate, creative, intelligent soul. Words fail me.
— Olivia Buckland (@OliviaDBuck) June 21, 2018
You helped us through so much. Your smile was one in a million. The world failed. I send all my love and my thoughts to you today. To your family and your loved ones. I cannot work out what to say. RIP you beautiful beautiful woman. I’m so lucky to have met you. #stayshapey
— Olivia Buckland (@OliviaDBuck) June 21, 2018
Rebecca Jane, who was on Big Brother wrote:
I nearly just messaged @sophiegradon to tell her about the fake news going around that she’s passed, but it’s actually true! You beautiful, beautiful young girl! If only you’d told me what you were going through. Devastated. No one ever knows what’s going on behind closed doors.
If there’s one thing anyone can do for @sophiegradon now.. please talk to someone. If you’re struggling, don’t do it alone. I’d have been the first flying up that motorway to her if only I knew..and I’d do it for anyone who felt they had to take their life! Just talk! Please. [sic].
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Sophie Gradon at this difficult time.
If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.