Caroline Flack died on Saturday at the age of 40, having taken her own life. Known for her presenting prowess, Caroline had been the host of ITV2’s Love Island before stepping down for the winter season of the show.
A lawyer for the Flack family confirmed that Caroline took her own life.
A family spokesperson said: “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.”
Caroline’s death came a year after that of another Love Island star.
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In 2019, Mike Thalassitis, who starred in the 2017 series, also died by suicide.
In 2018, Sophie Gradon died by suicide at the age of 32. She appeared on the 2016 season of Love Island.
In the wake of both deaths, Love Island faced criticism but Caroline was a staunch defender of the show.
Of Love Island being blamed for the deaths of Mike and Sophie, she said: “It’s dangerous and I’m really, really angry.
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“It’s not just that you’re blaming a TV show, you’re blaming people and their jobs.”
Caroline had presented Love Island for five seasons between 2014 and 2019, before stepping down for the 2020 winter series when host Laura Whitmore took over.
Caroline told Cosmopolitan magazine in May 2019: “In life, we all have a duty of care to look out for each other, but I don’t think it’s fair to point fingers of blame.
“This is a much bigger issue than just a reality TV show, and when something this bad happens… when something this horrible and sad occurs, it’s so dangerous to point fingers within hours and minutes of it happening.
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“None of us know what’s going through someone’s mind and we can’t sit there and speculate.
“It’s time to think about the bigger picture, about what’s going on with young men and young people and the pressures of modern life.
“It’s just too sad and too sensitive to talk about.”
The star had also paid tribute to both Sophie and Mike at the time of their deaths.
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Speaking on Love Island’s after-show Aftersun, she said of Sophie: “Before we go, tragically this week we lost a beautiful soul in Sophie Gradon.
“She was a gorgeous person both inside and out… Everyone’s thoughts here at Love Island are with Sophie’s friends and family at this really terrible time.
“Sophie we will never forget you.”
Paying tribute to Mike, she wrote on Instagram: “Mike… you were a total gentleman… I won’t forget that … it’s so sad …you will be missed. RIP.”
On Monday night’s episode of Love Island, Ian Sterling – who narrates the show – made a touching tribute to Caroline.
He said as the show began: “We are absolutely devastated by the tragic news that Caroline, a much-loved member of our Love Island family, has passed away.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this dreadful time.
“Caroline and me were together from the very start of Love Island and her passion, warmth and infectious enthusiasm were a crucial part of what made the show connect with millions of viewers.”
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