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Love Island’s Katie Salmon pays tribute to ex Sophie Gradon

Jasmine Andersson June 21, 2018
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Love Island’s Katie Salmon has paid tribute to her ex Sophie Gradon who passed away on Wednesday.

Salmon, who dated Gradon on the 2016 series of the popular dating programme, was distraught to discover that Gradon had died in her home in Newcastle.

In a post paying tribute to the 32-year-old, Salmon said she was heartbroken that “someone so stunning, so smiley and appeared so happy,” has passed away.

 

The pair dated on the programme (ITV2)
The pair dated on the programme (ITV2)

“Isn’t it crazy how someone so stunning, so smiley and appeared so happy can feel [like there is] no way out,” the former Love Island contestant wrote in a post on Twitter.

 

The post on Twitter (Katie Salmon/Twitter)
The post on Twitter (Katie Salmon/Twitter)

“The world has failed you beautiful.

“I’m heartbroken for you Soph to have felt this pain. I wish there was more help out there.

“Your smile will be remembered forever. My thoughts are with your family, friends and loved ones at this horrendous time.

“Too young, too sweet, too kind. Am sending all my love I truly am to everyone who had the pleasure of ever being in her company!”

The former contestant also asked her fans to reach out to their loved ones to speak to people in person, not on social media.

“The world we live in behind social media.

“I urge everyone to be kind to every person they meet and speak with on social media and in person a simple smile, a simple nice comment can make a difference.

Sophie Gradon (ITV2)
Sophie Gradon (ITV2)

“You really don’t know the battles they go through every single day.”

Although the post alludes to Gradon suffering from some mental health struggles prior to her death – bi people feel less happy and suffer from higher levels of anxiety than other sexualities.”>which disproportionately affect bisexual people – it is not yet known how Gradon died.

 

The Love Island 2016 cast (ITV 2)
The Love Island 2016 cast (ITV 2)

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “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. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.”

To date, Gradon and Salmon are the only queer couple who have dated on the programme.

More: LGBT contestants on Love Island, love island, Love Island 2016, Sophie Gradon

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