Love Island pays touching tribute to Sophie Gradon on the first anniversary of her tragic death

LOVE Island has paid tribute to Sophie Gradon on the first anniversary of her death.

Sharing a picture of the late reality star, who was found dead at the age of 32, they wrote: “In loving memory of Sophie Gradon (1985 – 2018), missed but never forgotten.”

Love Island paid tribute to Sophie Gradon today – a year on from her death

An inquest found that Sophie hanged herself after taking a cocktail of booze and cocaine on 20th June, 2018.

Her parents Deborah and Colin Gradon have however rejected the inquest and instead say their “beloved” daughter had an undiagnosed brain condition that causes irrational thoughts.

They say this would have had a “severe and brutal impact” on Sophie in the months leading to her tragic death last June.

And they also dispute medical evidence showing she had taken cocaine.

Sophie appeared on Love Island in 2016
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Sophie, who was battling depression, was found by her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong at her parent’s home in Northumberland last summer.

He frantically performed CPR on her for 15 minutes but she was sadly unable to be saved.

Aaron, 25, hanged himself five days after her funeral having taken a similar cocktail of cocaine and booze, a separate inquest was told last month.

Sophie’s death, which took place during the last series of Love Island, rocked the nation and led to calls for better aftercare on the show.

Mike Thalassitis, 26, – who also appeared on the show – took his own life after consuming cocaine and alcohol in March of this year.

Mike Thalassitis was found dead in March 2019
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Ahead of this year’s show ITV confirmed they will give contestants “enhanced psychological support” and “a proactive aftercare package”.

They said there will be more detailed conversations with potential Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show.

What’s more, there will also be bespoke training for all Islanders on social media and financial management, which extends support to all Islanders following their participation.

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