Sophie Gradon died by suicide, inquest finds

Coroner Eric Armstrong found that Armstrong had alcohol and cocaine in his system when he died, saying the effects of the substances had prevented him from thinking rationally.

He 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 decided not to attend the inquest into their daughter’s death today.

A previous inquest was halted last month after Colin and Deborah Gradon received ‘new information’ about their daughter’s passing.

However, Senior Coroner for Northumberland South Eric Armstrong said in a statement: ‘Please be advised that a new hearing date for the Inquest dealing with Sophie’s death has been arranged. Mr and Mrs Gradon have requested that the Inquest take place in their absence, and the Inquest has now been fixed for Thursday 18th April at 10.30am at Howard House.’

The Gradon family had claimed there is ‘nothing to support’ reports that Sophie took her own life.

The reality star’s parents told the Mail: ‘There is nothing to support the suggestion that Sophie committed suicide.

‘We are still working through things to find out exactly what happened that night but it would be wrong to talk about that now as we do not want to prejudice the inquest when it does go ahead.’

Newcastle born Sophie rose to fame in 2016 when she starred on the second series of Love Island.

On the show, she partnered up with Tom Powell, while the model, who was bisexual, also was half of Love Island’s first same-sex pairing with Katie Salmon.

After Zara Holland was stripped of her Miss Great Britain title for having sex on the show and eventually left, Sophie made an epic public speech in her defence.

At a pageant held in Zara’s honour, she declared: ‘Life shouldn’t be about judging one another. For example, judging a young woman for enjoying herself.

‘A young woman who hasn’t harmed anyone but a woman who has faced a torrent of judgmental and close minded opinions since leaving Love Island.

‘As an ex Miss Newcastle and Miss GB, I can say that it’s time people moved forward from their old-fashioned thinking and accepted the simple fact that women like to have sex!’

Before Love Island, Sophie was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009 and had a successful modelling career.

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