By David Mercer, news reporter
The boyfriend of Love Island star Sophie Gradon has been found dead days after her funeral.
The body of 25-year-old Aaron Armstrong was discovered at a property in Blyth, Northumberland on Tuesday afternoon.
Northumbria Police – which did not name Armstrong – told Sky News there was not believed to be “any third party involvement” and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
In an emotional tribute to Gradon a day before his death, Armstrong said “not a minute goes by without your gorgeous smile being a picture in my mind”.
😢 just wish I could cuddle you all day miss you so much man Sophie not a minute goes by with out your gorgeous smile being a picture in my mind everyday we spent together was so amazing I need them days back 😢💔 I love you princess 🌹🌹
A post shared by Aaron Armstrong (@aarona619) on Jul 9, 2018 at 5:59am PDT
He had also shared an image of the order of service from her funeral, writing: “I love you with all my heart my beautiful angel.
“I’m absolutely heartbroken, I can’t stop crying and I can feel your spirit in my soul. RIP Sophie Hannah Gradon.”
TV personality Gradon died on June 20 at the age of 32.
Image: Gradon was found dead at the age of 32
Police said there were not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.
At the time, Armstrong said he was “absolutely devastated” and posted a picture of the pair together on Facebook.
“I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always,” he wrote.
Armstrong and Gradon’s co-stars from the 2016 series of Love Island were among the mourners at her funeral last Thursday.
Zara Holland, who also appeared on the ITV2 dating show, posted an emotional tribute on Instagram, saying it was a “beautiful private service”.
On Thursday i said my goodbyes to our beautiful Sophie, along with her Family and friends. It was the most terrible day of my life, I still can’t believe we won’t see you again. Your smile was infectious and brightened up any room. You made everyone feel special, always gave out so much love, always had time for others. Words cannot describe how much love was in the room for you Soph, it was a beautiful private service. So overwhelming. We all miss you so much. I’ll never forget you and I’ll think about you everyday. Night night Soph, love you always ❤️ If there’s a few things I can say to everyone reading this is to make sure you talk to others, check they are ok, live life to the max and think before you speak. Social media is cruel and toxic at times, you do not realise how comments make others feel.
A post shared by Zara Holland (@zaraholland) on Jul 8, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT
Gradon, from Newcastle, was one half of Love Island’s first same-sex couple and had been crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009.
She and Armstrong had recently returned from a holiday in the resort town of Antibes near Cannes and Nice in southern France after celebrating his birthday.
The day before she died, Gradon posted a video on social media of her boyfriend dancing with a dog, describing her other half as the love of her life and “the one”.
When the love of your life loves his dogs like this you know he’s the one. She’s cuddling him right back 😩😢😂… & those arms 😍 pic.twitter.com/WnyH4iJSv7
— Sophie Gradon (@sophiegradon) June 19, 2018
Just days earlier she had paid tribute to nightclub boss Paul Burns, who had died at the aged of 37.
Gradon’s parents, Colin and Deborah, paid tribute to her following her death, calling her a “precious daughter”.
“We as a family are still coming to terms with our sudden loss. Our hearts are broken,” they said.
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