Love Island star Sophie Gradon was found dead at the age of 32, with hundreds paying tribute to the former Miss Great Britain.
And Sophie is said to have been “struggling to cope” after the death of Paul Burns, a nightclub manager and friend to the stars who passed away earlier this month.
Sophie had revealed on Instagram that she had attended Paul’s funeral last week and he had supported her when she “needed someone”.
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A source told The Sun: “Her good friend Paul Burns died and it affected her very badly.
“She struggled to cope with it and fell into a dark place.”
Following Paul’s funeral last week Sophie took to Instagram to share a snap of her friend alongside the caption: “Today was all about you sweetheart.
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“What an amazing send off for our Mr Newcastle @mrpaulburns1 Thank you for being there when you recognised I needed someone, you are a true saint. I only wish I had got to know you better. All my love and thoughts with your nearest & dearest.”
She continued: “I’ve never felt so emotional yet so uplifted in my life.”
Sophie’s current boyfriend Aaron Armstrong announced the sad news of her death on Facebook, writing: “I will never forget that smile. I love you so so much baby, you’re my world forever and always.”
Her death isn’t being treated as suspicious, police confirmed.
In a statement, Northumbria Police confirmed: “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.”