Love Island star 'hanged herself after drinking alcohol and taking cocaine', inquest confirms

Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon hanged herself after drinking alcohol and taking cocaine, an inquest has now revealed.

The 32-year-old passed away at her parents' home in Medburn, Ponteland on 20 June 2018. At the time, Northumbria Police stated that there did not seem to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death with officials stating shortly after that it was likely suicide.

She was found by her boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, who travelled to his partner's home with his brother when she stopped responding to his messages and he noticed she hadn't posted on social media for a while. Armstrong took his own life 20 days later.

During the confirmation, coroner Eric Armstrong spoke out about how combining alcohol with drugs can significantly increase the chance of people harming themselves. He also claimed that the substances may have impeded her ability to think rationally.

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Newly crowned Miss Great Britain, Sophie Gradon, rides a giant pheasant rodeo at the launch fruit spring water drink Drench, in Covent Garden, central London.
Miss Great Britain Sophie Gradon rides a giant pheasant rodeo in Covent Garden for the launch of Drench Juicy Spring Water to see if she really is 'on top of her game' and to recreate the recent TV ad in London on Monday 1/05/09.
Miss Great Britain 2009 Sophie Gradon arrives at the Miss Great Britain party, at the Red Room, at Les Ambassadeurs, Mayfair, central London.
Sophie Gradon, aged 22 from Newcastle pictured during the Miss England 2008 Grand Final at Troxy in east London.
Newly crowned Miss Great Britain, Sophie Gradon, falls from a giant pheasant rodeo at the launch fruit spring water drink Drench, in Covent Garden, central London.
Former Miss Great Britain Sophie Gradon (left), of Ponteland, Northumberland, and reigning Miss Newcastle Hannah Gray, 20, a musical theatre student at Newcastle College, also from Ponteland, on the start line of the Great North Run in Newcastle.
Friends of the late Love Island star Sophie Gradon, Hannah McGuire (left) and Kat Milligan leave her inquest at North Shields Coroners Court, in North Tyneside, where coroner Eric Armstrong found she hanged herself at home after taking alcohol and cocaine.
Sophie Gradon, aged 22 from Newcastle pictured during the Miss England 2008 Grand Final at Troxy in east London. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
A coroner said the combination was known to make someone 16 times more likely to kill themselves.
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"If Sophie's death is to serve any purpose at all, that message should go out far and wide," he said.

North Shields Coroners Court had heard that, prior to her death, Gradon had stated that she was "struggling with the world" and that she "cannot do this any more."

According to the BBC, Det Sgt Neill Jobling of Northumbria Police also revealed that during a text message exchange with a male friend, the former Miss Great Britain detailed how she was finding it difficult to cope with her ADHD everyday and that "if [she] could escape [she] would."

Mike Thalassitis, who also appeared in the popular ITV2 dating competition, was found dead earlier this year.

While the cause of his death is yet to be confirmed, the news led to many recognisable names within reality television – such as Love Island's Montana Brown and Made in Chelsea's Olivia Bentley – to call for more in-depth aftercare.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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