LOVE Island star Sophie Gradon’s devastated boyfriend attempted CPR after finding her hanged, an inquest heard today.
Aaron Armstrong desperately tried to revive the 32-year-old star after discovering her at her parents’ home in Medburn, Ponteland, while his brother, Ryan, called 999.
Sophie’s boyfriend Aaron was found dead five days after her funeral[/caption]
Former Love Island star Sophie Gradon was found dead at a home near Newcastle at the age of 32[/caption]
The inquest heard Aaron performed CPR on Sophie for 15 minutes, after the pair went round to see her after becoming worried about her when she didn’t respond to Aaron’s texts.
He found her hanged in the living room after taking a cocktail of alcohol and cocaine, the North Shields court heard.
Toxicology tests showed she had a blood reading of 201mg per 100ml of blood – around three times the legal driving limit, as well as cocaine.
Aaron, 25, went on to hang himself five days after her funeral, a separate inquest was told last month.
Both were ruled to have killed themselves by the same coroner in just a month.
Sitting in North Shields, North Tyneside, Coroner Eric Armstrong issued a stark warning to others, quoting research in the US that said mixing drink and drugs made people 16 times more likely to kill themselves.
He said: “If Sophie’s death is to serve any purpose at all, that message should go out far and wide.”
Recording a verdict of suicide, he said: “Sophie Hannah Gradon, having consumed alcohol and cocaine took her own life by hanging.”
Aaron and Sophie met in May 2018 and were exchanging texts the day before that were “very general and loving in nature”.
Sophie, crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009, was mourning the recent death of close friend Paul Burns, the hearing was told.
Alarmed by her lack of social media presence, Aaron had gone around with his brother to her parents’ home in Medburn, Ponteland, Northumberland, where they found her hanging.
Aaron’s mother described their relationship as “very intense and emotional”.
The inquest was dramatically halted from its planned start on March 21 so Miss Gradon’s parents could read a new report into her death.
At the time an official was quoted saying: “Please note that it has been necessary to cancel the hearing date for the Inquest dealing with the death of Sophie Gradon.
“Sophie’s parents have requested further time to consider a report which was only recently received.”
Sources close to the family said they believed there was “nothing to support” the suicide theory.
Fellow Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis was also found dead last month, prompting calls from Health Secretary Matt Hancock for reality shows to do more for competitors once they have become famous.
Sophie was one of the stars of the 2016 series of ITV2’s hit reality show Love Island[/caption]
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