Sophie Gradon Took Her Life By Hanging After Taking Cocaine And Alcohol, Inquest Rules
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An inquest into the death of Sophie Gradon has found that the Love Island star took her own life after a cocaine and alcohol 'binge'.
Coroner Eric Armstrong, sitting in North Shields, North Tyneside, ruled at the inquest on Friday that the former reality star hanged herself in June last year.
Sophie was found dead at her parents' home in Medburn, Ponteland, on 20th June 2018. The 32-year-old shot to fame on 2016's series of Love Island.
The inquest heard that Sophie was found by her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong and his brother Ryan, who had driven to her house after becoming concerned over her lack of social media activity.
Coroners ruled that there was no third party involvement in the reality star's death.
Tragically, her boyfriend Aaron was found hanged just 20 days after Sophie passed away.
Armstrong also presided over this inquest, and noted Aaron also had alcohol and cocaine in his system when he died. Aaron's inquest into his death was held on 19th March.
The coroner said: "His thinking was muddled by the distress of Sophie's death, the distress at having found her, with his brother.
"The consequence of taking alcohol and cocaine together prevented him from thinking rationally about his actions."
Sophie's parents, Colin and Deborah, made the decision not to attend her inquest today.
As reports of Sophie's death emerged last year, Northumbria Police spokesperson confirmed at the time: "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."
Anyone affected by the news of Sophie's death, or struggling in anyway, should call Samaritans for free on 116 123 - or write down your thoughts in an email to [email protected].
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