Sophie Gradon, the vivacious former Miss Newcastle and star of ‘Love Island’, has
been found dead at her home aged just 32. Just three months before her death, which
is not being treated as suspicious by police, the reality star warned of the dangers of
online trolls and how it could cause people taking their own lives. Speaking to Radio Aire, Sophie revealed how difficult it was to see trolls write hurtful comments. “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.”
Despite appearing on the hit reality show in 2016, Sophie has had a history of mental
illness with depression and bouts of anxiety. She had also warned that reality TV is not a
place for vulnerable people as the press and public inevitably tear you apart. Tributes have poured in for Sophie. Her boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, wrote “I will never forget that smile I love you so much baby you’re my world forever ever and always.” ‘Love Island’ presenter Caroline Flack said the news was “so very sad”. Co-star Malin described her friend as
having an infectious smile and said she was “always so upbeat and so happy”. But
admitted says there’s a “downside to reality TV” that people don’t see. “There just needs to be more done about it and a lot more aftercare provided by certain reality TV shows,” she told Newsbeat. ITV2 dedicated the show to the beauty on Thursday 21st June (the day after her death) and posted on social media; “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.”

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