Sophie Gradon died in her prime, just before her full potentials were released into the world. Before her untimely death, the English beauty was a model and also worked as a marketing manager. Her death in mid-2018 left those who knew her both in pain and awe, regarding her actual cause of death.
To further complicate an already complex issue, her boyfriend at the time also passed away, just weeks after her death. Read on for all the details on Sophie Gradon’s life accomplishments and her eventual passing in 2018.
Who was Sophie Gradon?
Sophie Gradon was many things and strikingly beautiful should be at the top of the list. The crowned beauty queen, model and socialite was popular in her hometown of Newcastle where she was born on October 25, 1985 and went by the name Sophie Hannah Gradon. It is not known if she has any siblings and the identity of her parents is not publicly available. She attended Dame Allan School where she graduated, pocketing her GCE Advanced Levels. Additionally, she studied Media, Culture and Society at Northumbria University and earned grades, leading to a 2:1 degree.
It is not known when her interest in modeling was born but she competed in the Miss Newcastle 2008 beauty pageant and went home with the crown. The following year, she added another feather to her cap by winning and being crowned Miss Great Britain. These career milestones propelled her to stardom and she seized the opportunity by investing her time and money in charity.
As well as modeling, Sophie was also a marketing manager and promoter for the NE1 campaign in Newcastle city centre. She has used the platform to raise awareness and funds for worthy causes. She is known to have led a campaign to enlist the help of British TV personality Calum Best to raise money for the Great North Run in 2011. Calum is said to have moved to support this charity following what he saw Gradon perform for Sara’s Hope. Foundation. Subsequently, thousands of pounds were collected to sponsor children with cancer on a trip to Crete. Sophie Gradon has also shown her support for the campaign – ‘The Great North Fitness Revolution’ through her appearance on Sky Sports.
In early 2018, Sophie Gradon contributed to a discussion session on social networks and the impact of different platforms on children. She further strengthened her point during an interview with Radio Aire in March, revealing how she suffered intense cyberbullying from internet trolls and how the bad comments hurt her a lot.
Sophie Gradon was a candidate for the reality TV show Île d’amour. She competed in 2016 and on the show she hooked up with bartender Tom Powell, but later turned her attention to glamor model Katie Salmon. His meeting with Katie marked the first same-sex couple on Love Island.
Her boy friend
Gradon’s last known boyfriend was Aaron Armstrong born June 11, 1984 in Medburn, United Kingdom. He lived a very private life that did not allow much to be known about his family and his youth. However, he was self-employed; he owned an online men’s store and also did freelance social media marketing. Sophie and Aaron are believed to have started dating in 2017, but before getting married she was romantically linked to Wayne Lineker in 2008, rugby player Danny Cipriani in 2013 and even came out as bisexual in 2016.
When and how did she die?
The lifeless body of Sophie Gradon was discovered on June 20, 2018 in Medburn. The initial conclusion on the cause of death by Northumbria Police was that there was no foul play, but the report quickly took another turn.
After further investigation, authorities came to the conclusion that the model may have taken her own life. With suicide being projected as a possible cause of death, her fans and the Miss Great Britain organization expressed their heartfelt condolences.
Gradon who died at the age of 32 was buried on July 5, 2018. Sadly, on July 10, 2018, the lifeless body of his partner Aaron Armstrong was reportedly found at a house in Blyth, Northumberland.
Aaron, 25, had just posted a heartbreaking tribute on Instagram to his late girlfriend just hours before her death. No foul play was suspected.