Caroline Flack, 40, who was discovered dead at her Islington flat on February 15, had previously taken an overdose on December 22, two months before taking her own life. At the inquest into her death today, Dr Brian Wells, a Harley Street psychiatrist, said that Caroline had apparently “taken a small overdose” and was “fully conscious although somewhat inebriated”.
Dr Wells was told that the TV star had been “drinking alcohol” by her management.
He arrived at Caroline’s hotel room within 30 minutes and discovered that she was in an unwell state.
Dr Wells recalled: “Inside I found a lady who was inebriated in bed, vomiting into a waste bin.
“There were others present being supportive. It transpired the client was Caroline.
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“She was due at Islington Magistrates Court the following morning and had become distressed – she drunk alcohol and impulsively taken a mixture of medications.”
He added that Caroline firmly stated that she did not have suicidal intent and recommended she did not need to go to the hospital.
Friends were present in the room with the star and told the doctor that she had become “distressed” which lead to her drinking, and she had taken a “mixture” of medication.
She was “clearly anxious” about her forthcoming court appearance, Dr Wells observed.
“It was our belief it would not be happening to her if she wasn’t in the public eye.
“At worst, her career and reputation, so precious to her, had been taken away.”
Hairstylist Louise Teasdale, a friend of Caroline’s for 15 years, told the inquest via video link in the lead up to her death that she was in the “worst distress I have ever known her to be in”.
On December 22 – the night before the plea hearing – Caroline was “particularly bad”.
“It was probably the worst I have seen her.
“She definitely was in danger of harming herself.”
Louise added: “Caroline did not want to go to accident and emergency; we don’t have the authority to force her to do something.”
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