Love Island stars we’ve lost since the show began

Love Island: Meet the series 10 islanders

Love Island has seen many success stories over the years, leading to couple marriages and babies being born.

Islanders such as Olivia and Alex Bowen went on to get married and have their son Abel last year.

A more recent success story saw Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury welcome their daughter Bambi just a few months ago.

However, despite many couples finding love on the island and having their future together set up for life, the same can’t be said for some of the past contestants.

Despite the huge success of the show, the stars were thrown into stardom and had to deal with their daily lives being invaded by the public.

Unfortunately, some of the Love Island stars are no longer alive with looking back at the Love Island stars lost but never forgotten.

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Sophie Gradon

Former Miss Great Britain 2009 Sophie Gradon first appeared on Love Island in 2016 and formed a relationship with Tom Powell.

However, when their relationship broke down Sophie made a show first move and decided to pursue a relationship with Katie Salmon, the show’s first same-sex relationship.

Sophie left the show by her own choice after deciding to put her mental health first after struggling with her time on the programme.

Just two years after appearing on the show, Sophie was found dead in her parents’ home by her then-boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, on June 20, 2018.

An inquest ruled that Sophie had taken her own life and that there was no third-party involvement.

Her boyfriend Aaron and his brother Ryan drove to her house after growing concerned at Sophie’s lack of social media activity.

The second inquest into her death was postponed after her parents continued to grieve the death of their daughter.

Her mother Deborah later told Mail Online there was “nothing to support” the suicide theory and revealed police were trying to access data from the late star’s iPhone.

Unfortunately, Sophie’s boyfriend Aaron died just 20 days after his girlfriend with his mother Donna Armstrong revealing he had been “hysterical” when he discovered Sophie’s body.

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Mike Thalassitis

Former footballer Mike Thalassitis starred in the 2017 series of Love Island and was highly known for causing drama when it came to making a move on the girls.

Mike made waves in the villa after having bust-ups with Jonny Mitchell and Theo Campbell after trying to go after the girl they were coupled up with.

The Islander was eventually booted out of the Island before he found the chance to find love and make it to the final.

Two years after his ITV stint, Mike was found dead at a park near his childhood home in Edmonton, North London.

It was reported that Mike was allegedly struggling with debts and wracked with grief just days before his death.

Sources close to Mike told The Mirror he was devastated after his beloved nan had died after becoming her full-time carer.

He was also said to be heartbroken after he split from his girlfriend, former The Only Way is Essex star, Megan McKenna.

Close friend and Love Island co-star Montana Brown spoke out on Mike’s sudden death and said: “He sent his friend a message.

“Saying, ‘Mate, I don’t think I’m going to see you any more. I don’t think I’m going to see you ever again.’.

“And his friend did not understand – and why would you? It’s not your everyday thing that someone messages you something like that.”

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Caroline Flack

Caroline Flack fronted the ITV show from its first series in 2015 and was known for her dramatic entrances into the villa to give the islanders exciting news.

Caroline stepped down from her presenting role on Love Island in 2019 and allowed friend Laura Whitmore to take the reins.

She stepped down after being arrested and charged with assault by beating after an alleged altercation with her boyfriend.

Just three weeks before she was set to stand trial for the assault of Lewis Burton, Caroline tragically took her own life on Valentine’s Day in 2020.

Her sister Jody was the one who found Caroline, calling family friend Stephen Teasdale after not being able to gain access to her flat.

One of the paramedic crew told during her inquest that he pointed to a handwritten note placed on an open magazine on the coffee table.

It referenced: “I hope me and Lewis can one day find harmony,” the court heard assuming she was talking about her boyfriend.

The trial of her assault was terminated after the court received her death certificate, with the news being confirmed by her family.

Following the news of her death, ITV pulled an episode of Love Island off the air and released a statement about the TV presenter.

It read: “Everybody at Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news.

“Caroline was a much-loved member of the Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends.”

Love Island returns on Monday, June 5 from 9pm on ITV2.

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