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Caroline Flack, former presenter of Love Island, dies aged 40

  • Caroline Flack, former presenter of Love Island, dies aged 40
    Caroline Flack Caroline Flack, former presenter of Love Island, dies aged 40

A lawyer for the Flack family told the Press Association that Caroline had taken her own life and been found in her east London flat. Caroline Flack's boyfriend Lewis Burton 'heartbroken' by her death. Former Love Island host reported to have been found dead at east London home on Saturday

Caroline Flack, the TV presenter, has died at the age of 40, days before she was due to face trial for assaulting her boyfriend. The former host of ITV2’s Love Island is reported to have been discovered at her home in London on Saturday.

On Friday, her boyfriend Lewis Burton attempted to contact her. She had been forbidden by a judge from communicating with Burton before the trial, which was due to begin on 4 March.

A statement from her family said: “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, 15 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.”

The boyfriend of TV presenter Caroline Flack, who was found dead at her home on Saturday, has said he is heartbroken by her death.

Flack, 40, was due to go on trial on 4 March for assaulting Lewis Burton, a prosecution he did not support. She had been forbidden by a judge from communicating with him before the trial.

The former host of ITV2’s Love Island is reported to have been discovered at her home in east London on Saturday. A lawyer for her family said she had taken her own life.

“My heart is broken, we had something so special,” Burton wrote on Instagram on Sunday morning. “I am so lost for words. I am in so much pain. I miss you so much. I know you felt safe with me. You always said ‘I don’t think about anything else when I am with you’ and I was not allowed to be there this time. I kept asking and asking.

“I will be your voice, baby. I promise I will ask all the questions you wanted and I will get all the answers. Nothing will bring you back, but I will try to make you proud every day. I love you with all my heart.”

Flack presented many of UK television’s biggest reality TV shows and their spin-offs, from The X Factor to I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here Now!, and won the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.

Many of Flack’s former colleagues and friends paid tribute to the “warm and funny” entertainer on social media.