Boyfriend of dead Love Island star ‘hanged himself’
THE distraught boyfriend of Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon took his own life weeks after he found her hanging, a coroner has ruled.
Aaron Armstrong’s mother, Donna, discovered him in his bedroom at the family home in Blyth, Northumberland, on July 10 last year, an inquest in North Shields was told.
The fit and healthy boat captain had hanged himself.
Coroner Eric Armstrong found that the 25-year-old had alcohol and cocaine in his body when he died, and the effects of the substances had prevented him from thinking rationally.
The coroner clarified this was not a suicide verdict, but returned a narrative conclusion that Mr Armstrong “having consumed alcohol and cocaine, took his own life by hanging”.
Mr Armstrong and his brother Ryan had found Miss Gradon, 32, hanging at her home in Ponteland, Northumberland, the previous month. WHEN John Lennon appeared on in 1975, he was paid in chocolate biscuits. IT’S one of the weirdest cities in the USA – a hotly-contested crown – and San Francisco didn’t disappoint at the weekend with its annual Nude Love Parade.
Three dozen people paraded around naked in the fourth annual event, which celebrates the human body and protests the city’s nudity ban.
Although most participants were elderly homosexual men, there was enough titty on show to make it interesting.
Many held signs with messages supporting nudism such as “Born This Way”.
Parade organizer and nudist activist Gypsy Taub shouted over a megaphone: “Don’t believe the lie. Your body is beautiful,” and “It doesn’t matter what size or shape your body is, it doesn’t matter what age or gender. “Your body was made by God, and God doesn’t make mistakes.” The parade began as a protest against the city’s ban on public nudity introduced in 2012. Taub says it’s now “a celebration of freedom of choice and freedom of expression, and a celebration of the beauty of the human body”. But while public nudity is still illegal in San Francisco, groups can apply for permits to allow nudity for things like parades, fairs and some festivals, as was the case with the Nude Love Parade.