Boyfriend dies soon after reality star's funeral

Publish Date
Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 8:59AM

The boyfriend of Love Island star Sophie Gradon has been found dead just days after his girlfriend's funeral.

Aaron Armstrong, 25, who was left devastated by the death of reality TV star Sophie last month, was found dead at his home in Blyth, Northumberland, this afternoon, the Daily Mail reports.

It comes just weeks after 32-year-old girlfriend Sophie's death.

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Posting on social media in the run-up to his death, Aaron made reference to seeing Sophie again, writing: "I will never stop loving u and my heart will be yours until the day I join you I will see u very soon my angel so keep are bed warm for me".

A post shared by Sophie Gradon (@sophiegradon) on

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: "At around 12.20pm today police received a report from the ambulance service that a 25-year-old man had been found deceased at a property on Furnace Road in Bebside, Blyth.

"There is not believed to be any third party involvement and a report will now be prepared for the coroner."

At the time of Gradon's death, Aaron said: "I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always.'

Sophie's death, thought to be a suicide, garnered hundreds of tributes before she was laid to rest in her native Newcastle on Friday. Friends, family and boyfriend Aaron gathered to say goodbye to "beautiful Sophie".

Devastated friends took to social media to pay tribute to Aaron today after news of his death spread online.

A post shared by Sophie Gradon (@sophiegradon) on

Michael McCready posted on Facebook: "Very sad day today to find out, that Aaron Armstrong has passed away. RIP pal. You're now with Sophie, sending my love and thoughts to all family and friends at this hard time."

️Jill Sayer posted on Facebook: "Omg I'm in total shock.... rip Aaron Armstrong reunited in the sky".

Caitlin Peachey posted on Twitter: "Can't even begin to imagine what Sophie gradon and Aaron Armstrong's families must be going trough. 2 deaths on two week RIP Aaron."

Jessica Hayley-Marie posted on Twitter: "Absolutely heartbreaking news about Aaron Armstrong. I hope you & @sophiegradon are somewhere living it up together once again RIP".

Kay posted on Twitter: "Wow..RIP Aaron Armstrong I hope you and Sophie fly high together so so sad to hear this".

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The inquest into Sophie's death was opened on June 27 during a very short hearing at North Tyneside Coroners Court on June 27.

At the hearing, which lasted less than a minute, the case was adjourned.

It is believed Sophie, who appeared on ITV's reality TV show Love Island in 2016 and also worked as a model, had been struggling with mental health problems in the run up to her death.

During the hearing Trever Carroll, Assistant Coroner for South Northumberland, said: "Following initial inquiries it is appropriate to open an inquest into her death. (I will) adjourn at this stage for further inquiries to determine cause of death."

None of Sophie's friends or family was present at the hearing.

Where to get help:

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