Gradon was crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009

A former beauty queen and Love Island star took cocaine and alcohol and then killed herself, an inquest has found.

Star of the ITV2 dating show Sophie Gradon hanged herself at her family home in Medburn, Ponteland on 20 June.

The 32-year-old was found by her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, 25, who took his own life 20 days later.

Northumberland South coroner Eric Armstrong said he was “certain she would not have acted as she did without taking alcohol and cocaine”.

Mr Armstrong told North Shields Coroner’s Court research in the USA suggested someone was 16 times more likely to take their life if they consumed both.

“The combination is used by those who believe it brings on a so-called high much quicker,” he said.

“What they do not appreciate is it also gives rise to violent thoughts.

“If Sophie’s death is to serve any purpose at all, that message must go out far and wide.”

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