Boyfriend of dead Love Is­land star ‘hanged him­self’

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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.

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