Former UK ‘Love Island’ Host Caroline Flack Is Dead at 40
Caroline Flack has reportedly taken her own life, after being found dead in her east London flat on Saturday February 15.
Her family issued a statement to PA Media, saying, “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February. We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time and we would ask they make no attempt to contact us and/or photograph us.”
Caroline hosted the UK’s Love Island from its commencement in 2015 until last December when she was charged with assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton with a lamp.
She pleaded not guilty to the domestic dispute and was on bail, awaiting her trial scheduled for March.
Her apparent suicide came hours after 27-year-old Lewis posted a Valentine’s Day tribute to the TV host on his Instagram story. The two were reportedly banned from contact ahead of the trial.
Caroline took to her own Instagram in December, highlighting the stress of the legal situation.
Been advised not to go on social media ... but I wanted to say happy Christmas to everyone who has been so incredibly kind to me this year..... this kind of scrutiny and speculation is a lot to take on for one person to take on their own... I’m a human being at the end of the day and I’m not going to be silenced when I have a story to tell and a life to keep going with .... I’m taking some time out to get feeling better and learn some lessons from situations I’ve got myself into to.I have nothing but love to give and best wishes for everyone ❤️
“This kind of scrutiny and speculation is a lot to take on for one person to take on their own... I’m a human being at the end of the day and I’m not going to be silenced when I have a story to tell and a life to keep going with .... I’m taking some time out to get feeling better and learn some lessons from situations I’ve got myself into to. I have nothing but love to give and best wishes for everyone,” the caption read.
Flack presented numerous iconic UK reality series including I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here Now! and The X Factor, which she made international headlines for having a relationship with then-contestant Harry Styles. She also won BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.
Celebrities have taken to Twitter to mourn the 40-year-old’s death.
I’m trying to find the words but I can’t 💔 pic.twitter.com/FY3ppLzqsA
— Laura Whitmore (@thewhitmore) February 15, 2020
It was only a matter of time before the media and a prolonged social media dogpile, hers lasted for MONTHS, pushed someone completely over the edge. Rest In Peace Caroline Flack. This is fucking horrendous. 💔
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) February 15, 2020
Caroline was a fun, bright & sparky person whose whole world collapsed recently, both professionally & personally. She told me it had been the worst time of her life, and was clearly struggling to cope with losing everything she held dear.
This is such sad, awful news. pic.twitter.com/UAzKOlmZFA
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 15, 2020
I don’t know what it’s going to take to make the world realise what words can do to someone. If you have nothing nice to say, please just don’t say it. Something has to change. I’m so devastated, fly high Caroline... God bless❤️ pic.twitter.com/4svBSEB29c
— Tommy Fury (@tommytntfury) February 15, 2020
It’s a difficult time for her family and our best wishes are with them.
- Tait McGregor
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