Sophie Gradon, British Reality Star, Dies at 32

Sophie Gradon, a reality star who appeared on the British dating show Love Island, was found dead at a residence in Medburn, Ponteland this past Wednesday.

She was 32 years old.

“At about 8:27 p.m. yesterday (20 June) police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased,” Northumbria Police told BBC News in a statement Thursday, adding:

“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.”

Gradon’s cause of death is unknown at the moment.

The late Love Island contest’s boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, also paid touching tribute to Sophie on Facebook, writing the following:

“I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always.”

Armstrong included the following selfie with Gradon along with this heartwrenching caption:

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Love Island is hosted by Caroline Flack and it plops single people down in a luxurious paradise, with the hope that they will find romance with each other there.

Throughout the series, Flack delivers challenges, twists and surprise announcements to the stars, each meant to test the relationships between those “stranded” on this island.

To remain on the program, contestants must couple up and win the hearts of the public, as viewers ultimately decide who stays on Love Island and who goes.

Flack, meanwhile, responded to Gradon’s passing on Twitter:

“So very sad . Such a beautiful soul …. such a beautiful smile …thoughts and love with friends and family @sophiegradon.”

And the series itself had this to say:

“The whole ITV2 and Love Island team are profoundly saddened to hear the news about Sophie, and our deepest sympathies and thoughts go to her family and friends.”

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Gradon, who had over 400,000 Instagram followers, appeared on Love Island in 2016.

So did Alex Bowen, who said on social media that Sophia was “a beautiful person with a beautiful soul,” while Kady McDermott, another 2016 participant, said she was “absolutely heartbroken” over this news.

The 32-year old, it’s worth noting, was also crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009.

The organizers of the latter beauty pageant said on Twitter they were “sending all our love” to Gradon’s family. And we are doing the same.

Meanwhile, an on-screen tribute was featured prior to Thursday’s episode of the show:

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Other reality television stars have also mourning Gradon online, with Mario Falcone from The Only Way is Essex saying he was left “speechless” by the news.

We send our condolences to Gradon’s friends, family members and loved ones.

May she rest in peace.


Vader Dies; WWE Legend Was 63

Leon White, who rose to fame inside the squared circle of professional wrestling under the name “Vader,” died on Monday after a two-year battle with congestive heart failure.

He was 63 years old.

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This sad piece of news was made public by Vader’s son, who wrote the following on his famous father’s Twitter account:

“It is with a heavy heart to inform everyone that my father, Leon White, passed away on Monday night (6/18/18) at approximately 7:25pm.

“Around a month ago my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia. He fought extremely hard and clinically was making progress.

“Unfortunately, on Monday night his heart had enough and it was his time.”

According to TMZ, Vader had undergone open heart surgery this past March and he appeared to be doing well.

However, his health took a turn for the worse over the past few weeks and he was unable to recover.

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Prior to breaking into the wrestling industy, Vader was a star football player at the University of Colorado, twice earning All-American honors as an offensive lineman.

The big man was even drafted by the Rams in the thirrd round of the 1978 NFL Draft and played in Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As a professional grapper, Vader was a major attraction around the globe, becoming a three-time WCW heavyweight champ and battling such legends as The Undertaker and Kane in the WWE.

Vader even made television appearances on shows such as Baywatch and Boy Meets World.


Nicknamed The Mastodon, Vader was considered by many to be the best, most versatile wrestler of his size in WWE history.

His heart condition was discovered after he visited two doctors because he was knocked unconscious for over half an hour following a car accident.

In April of 2017, he passed out during a match in Japan due to a head injury and had not wrestled since.

“WWE is saddened to learn that Leon White, better known to WWE audiences as Vader, passed away Monday night at the age of 63,” Tweeted the company after news of Vader’s death went viral.

WWE Diva Paige, meanwhile, simply wrote “RIP Vader” on Twitter, while Bubba Ray Dudley added “RIP BIG MAN.”

Our condolences go out to Vader’s friends, family members and loved ones.

This death comes about two months after the tragic passing of Bruno Sammartino, another WWE legend.

We’ve rundown a number of sad and notable wrestling deaths in the gallery above

May they all rest in peace.


Olympic Skier Bode Miller’s 19-Month-Old Daughter Dies After Pool Accident

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Neal Boyd Dies; America’s Got Talent Winner Was 42

Neal Boyd, the popular opera singer who won America’s Got Talent Season 3, was found dead on Sunday in Sikeston, Missouri.

He was 42 years old.

According to the Scott County Coroner, per E! News, Boyd passed away at his mother’s home at 6:26 p.m. yesterday.

His mom reportedly found him unresponsive and call 911.

Paramedics later arrived on the scene and performed their tests, only pronounce him deceased a short while later.

Having delved into the issue of this artist’s health, E! News reports that Boyd had been seeing numerous doctors over the past few months and week.

He was in heart failure, kidney failure, and had liver disease.

E! also writes that has been cremated.

“Neal was on a CPAP machine and when EMS got there, they put the monitor on him and confirmed he was deceased,” the coroner continued told People Magazine, adding that “Neal had some medical issues.”

Born and raised in Sikeston, Boyd developed his surprising passion for opera music when he was in middle school.

He graduated from high school in 1994 and proceeded to earn a degree in speech communications at Southeast Missouri State University, along with a degree in music at the University of Missouri—Columbia.

In 2009, after coming out on top on America’s Got Talent, Boyd released his debut album, “My American Dream.”

The album debuted at number three on the Top Classical Albums chart.

Boyd also ran for an empty seat in the Missouri House of Representatives as a Republican in 2011 and actually sang the national anthem at the 2012 Republican National Convention as well.

The Scott County Coroner told People that given “the history of his medical condition, there was no reason” to perform an autopsy.

“Like I said, he had a number of health issues, and a lot of that would be attributed to Neil’s weight,” the coroner added.

Tweeted former America’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan upon learning of Boyd’s fate:

“Very sad to hear that Neal Boyd, Season 3 winner of ⁦@AGT⁩, has died at 42 from heart failure. Lovely guy with a wonderful voice. RIP.”

In an interview with the Southeast Missourian published in February, Boyd described a serious car accident in which he had recently been involved as being “a very, very, very bad wreck,” adding that he “shattered a lot of bones and shattered my hip, which has left me almost unable to use that leg for now.”

But the singer tried to remain hopeful.

In addition to focusing on his “slow” recovery, Boyd told this publication that he was writing “uplifting” music for a new album, which was scheduled to be released in 2019.

May he rest in peace.


Jackson Odell Dies; The Goldbergs Actor Was 20

Jackson Odell, a former teen actor and songwriter, was tragically found dead on Friday at a sober living facility in the San Fernando Valley.

He was 20 years old.

Odell is likely best known to television fans for his recurring role on television’s The Goldbergs, on which he portrayed student Ari.

Along with this role on the ABC sitcom, Odell also appeared on Nickelodeon’s iCarly and made an appearance on Modern Family.

His big screen career included the 2011 children’s film Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.

According to TMZ, the outlet that broke this unfortunate piece of news, Odell was discovered unresponsive in the aforementioned sober living home; there were no signs of foul play.

A successful singer and songwriter, Odell had been involved in acting since the age of 12.

Most recently, the 20-year old had transitioned from acting into the music world, having written numerous songs for the soundtrack of the 2018 movie Forever Your Girl, including the Lauren Alaina hit, “Wings of an Angel.”

On iCarly, though, he played a character named Gumbo in a single episode.

Jackson was also known, as mentioned above, for playing Ted Durkas on Modern Family.

The character was Manny’s romantic rival and bully, attempting in vain to win Fiona’s affection and humiliate Manny on an installment of this wildly popular program.

Prior to becoming Ari for eight episodes on The Goldbergs, Jackson had brief stints on Arrested Development and The Fosters.

In the wake of this horrible development, Odell’s fans and co-workers took to social media to mourn his untimely loss, sharing their thoughts and condolences on Twitter and Instagram.

Wrote entertainment reporter Rachael Ellenbogen, for instance:

“No!! Jackson Odell was so insanely talented.

“Not just for random shows & movies, but for his music. Followed him on YT for yrs & made sure to include him in an article I did at my 1st internship yrs ago.

“Then went to see #ForeverMyGirl opening night to support his songwriting.”

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Odell’s death caps a troubling and depressing week in Hollywood.

First, Kate Spade was found dead of suicide in her Manhattan apartment. The designer was only 55 years old.

Then, Anthony Bourdain was found dead of suicide in a French hotel. The celebrity chef and TV star was 61 years old.

May they, Jackson Odell and all the celebrities listed below all rest in peace.