LOVE Island star Sophie Gradon hanged herself after taking a cocktail of booze and cocaine, an inquest heard today.
The 32-year-old was discovered by her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong at her home in Ponteland, Northumberland, last June.
Aaron, 25, went on to hang himself five days after her funeral, a separate inquest was told last month.
Sitting in North Shields, North Tyneside, Coroner Eric Armstrong today issued a warning to others saying that the combination of the drink and drugs made people more likely to harm themselves.
Mr Armstrong, who also presided over the previous inquest, heard Aaron had been worried about Sophie when he noticed a lack of activity on her social media, and he went round with his brother and made the distressing discovery.
The couple had met in May 2018 and hit it off immediately, his inquest was told.
His mother said their relationship was “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.”
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.
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