Love Island Issue Official Statement Following Sophie Gradon's Death

Gradon, who appeared on the 2016 series of the ITV2 dating show, was crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009.

The show's host, Caroline Flack, said: "So very sad".

Soon after the news broke, several past Love Island contestants paid tribute to Sophie, who took part in series 2 of the hit ITV show.

Sophie's cause of death remains now unconfirmed.

Sophie starred in series two of Love Island, where she was coupled up with Tom Powell and Katie Salmon.

Since the news of her death emerged, Twitter has been flooded with tributes from fans, other Islanders and reality stars.

A statement posted to the Miss Great Britain Twitter account read: "Shocked beyond belief!" My thoughts are with your family, friends and loved ones at this horrendous time. You were such an intricate, creative, intelligent soul.

"When the love of your life loves his dogs like this you know he's the one".

Replying to their latest tweet, one wrote: 'Tonight's episode should be cancelled in memory of Sophie Gradon'.

'The nicest, kindest, caring, hard working girl I have ever met. Sending all my love to your family.

Cara de la Hoyde, who won the series with Nathan Massey, wrote on Twitter: "Such a terrible day my heart is broken & goes out to the very one effected".

Fellow Love Island contestants including Cara de la Hoyde, Amber Davies, Malin Andersson and Hayley Hughes have also paid tribute.

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