Ellie Brown won’t leave Love Island following tragic death of friend Sophie Gradon

Ellie Brown

by Ruby Norris |
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Love Island 2018 star Ellie Brown has reportedly made the decision to remain on the show after being told the tragic news ofSophie Gradon's death.

There had been speculation that Ellie would potentially quit Love Island having previously revealed she'd known Sophie from Newcastle.

But according to OK!, Ellie is staying put in the villa for now, as a spokesperson told the magazine: "Ellie is staying at the moment."

It was also revealed the rest of the islanders had been told about Sophie's death off-camera - and it's unlikely these scenes will be aired in any upcoming episodes.

Sophie Gradon

Last night, Love Island paid tribute to Sophie and shared an image of her before the episode aired, alongside the words: “In loving memory of Sophie Gradon.”

This comes as former islander Malin Andersson slammed the show for failing to deliver sufficient aftercare to the contestants.

She began by posting a tribute to Sophie saying: "RIP @sophiegradon THIS WORLD IS CRUEL. I can’t believe what I’ve just read. You beautiful angel. I have no words. I’m in so much pain. A beautiful friend and person. It hasn’t sunk in."

Malin then posted a series of tweets, and one read: "Love Island is now cancelled in my eyes".

Malin also tweeted and deleted: "NOT ENOUGH AFTER CARE @LoveIsland . IT SHOULD NOT AIR TONIGHT.”

Love Island stars and TV celebs have been paying tribute to Sophie on social media:


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Holly Hagan

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Kady McDermott

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Rachel Fenton

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Olivia Buckland

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Hayley Hughes

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Nathan Henry

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Cara De La Hoyde

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Amber Davies

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Alex Bowen

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Caroline Flack

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Katie Salmon

Sophie was found dead at her parents home on Wednesday 20th June.

Northumbria Police said in a statement: "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."

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