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BreakingAaron Armstrong 'killed himself days after the death of Sophie Gradon'

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

A man killed himself days after the death of his beauty queen Love Island girlfriend, a coroner has found.

Aaron Armstrong, 25, died on 10 July, 20 days after the death of Sophie Gradon who appeared on the 2016 series of the ITV2 dating show.

South Northumberland coroner Eric Armstrong said a mixture of alcohol and cocaine taken by Mr Armstrong before his death was partly to blame.

Miss Gradon's inquest has been postponed for further investigation.

It had been due to be held on Thursday but the coroner agreed to the deferment.

Northumbria Police said they were still treating her death as non-suspicious and are preparing a file for the coroner.

Aaron Armstrong & Sophie Gradon

Responding to media reports that new information had come to light, a force spokeswoman said: “There's no new evidence.

“The family have been sent the coroner's report ahead of the inquest and they've requested more time to read it."

The coroner said Mr Armstrong’s thinking could have been “muddled” by the death of Miss Grayson, whom he had met out on a night out in Newcastle in May, and the fact he discovered her body.

The coroner also said a combination of alcohol and cocaine taken by Mr Armstrong before he hung himself “prevented him thinking rationally”.

Miss Gradon, who was crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009, died at her family home in Medburn, Ponteland.

The day before he died, Mr Armstrong posted an emotional message to Miss Gradon on Instagram saying: "Not a minute goes by without your gorgeous smile being a picture in my mind."

The coroner concluded that Mr Armstrong, having consumed alcohol and cocaine, took his own life by hanging.

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