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Image caption Gradon was crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009. A former beauty queen and Love Island star took cocaine and alcohol and then killed herself, an inquest has found. Sophie Gradon, who appeared on the ITV2 dating show in 2016, hanged herself at her family home in Medburn, Ponteland, on 20 June. The 32-year-old was found by her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, 25, who took his own life 20 days later . North Shields Coroners Court heard she had expressed suicidal thoughts before being found dead. Det Sgt Neill Jobling of Northumbria Police told the hearing Ms Gradon had been exchanging messages with a male friend into the early hours. In them she said she had had suici... Full story

18 April