Former Love Island presenter Caroline Flack was found dead by her father Ian at her flat on February 15. A handwritten note was found which appeared to reference her boyfriend Lewis Burton.
The note read: “I hope one day me and Lewis can find harmony.”
The former Love Island host took her own life at her flat in Stoke Newington, north-east London on February 15 days after learning her trial over an alleged attack on boyfriend Lewis was going ahead.
At the inquest, in a written statement it read: “The last time he saw Caroline she was very upset, in fact devastated, she was not in a good place emotionally.
“Sometimes she talked about taking her own life when she was extremely upset. The media were constantly bashing her character, writing hurtful stories … generally hounding her daily.
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Caroline Flack pictured alongside her mum Christine Flack
In another statement, the Love Island presenter’s mum said she spoke to Caroline at 9.25am on the day she died.
Chris explained: “She called me. She was ‘missing Lewis’ and `couldn’t cope without him’.
“Caroline was crying and distressed. She was upset over a meeting with her solicitor the day before.
“It was very sad what happened to her and a terrible lose of life.”
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Caroline Flack was due to face trial after an alleged incident with boyfriend Lewis Burton
“What was worrying her most was the police case and losing her presenting job on Love Island, plus not being able to see me.”
The X Factor star’s body was identified by twin sister Jody. A lawyer for the family later confirmed she had taken her own life.
The TV star’s mum Christine Flack and twin sister were among those watching the proceedings via video link at home.
The inquest, before coroner Mary Hassell, was initially opened and adjourned on February 19 with the provisional cause of death being given as suspension by ligature.
Caroline Flack was a former presenter on Love Island
Coroner’s officer Sandra Polson said police were driving through Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, on Saturday February 15 when they were flagged down.
She said Caroline was “found lying on her back, she had apparently been found hanging”.
It was also said police attempted resuscitation, which was then continued by paramedics, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The first witness statement was that of Stephen Teasdale, father of Caroline’s friend Louise, who said he went to the scene after the presenter’s sister phoned to say she could not get into Caroline’s address.
Caroline Flack left a handwritten note for her boyfriend, inquest hears
He said: “We came to the flat and tried to force entry. We thought about phoning the police but knew the landlady… We got the key and let ourselves into the flat.”
Paramedic David O’Toole said he entered the property later and saw two women distraught on a sofa.
He said the victim appeared to have been “dead for a number of hours”.
Caroline pleaded not guilty and her boyfriend always maintained her innocence, while her family slammed prosecutors for pursuing the case against the star – calling it a “show trial”.
She stepped down from her hosting duties on Love Island and in an Instagram post released by her family after her death Caroline said her “whole world and future was swept from under my feet” after her arrest.
Following the news of her death, a statement from her family read: “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February.
“We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.”
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