Caroline Flack has tragically died at the age of 40. The star’s family confirmed the tragic news with a statement saying: “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February. We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.”
Reportedly, Caroline was found at her London flat. The news comes just a day after the former Love Island host shared four photos of herself and her beloved French bulldog on Instagram.
ITV released a statement on Saturday via Twitter that read: “Everybody at Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news. Caroline was a much loved member of the Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends.”
In December, the presenter was arrested for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton at her London home. A police spokesperson shared a statement with Metro at the time which read: “Caroline Flack of Islington was charged on Friday, 13 December with assault by beating. She will appear on bail at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 23 December. This follows an incident at approximately 05:25hrs on Thursday, 12 December after reports of a man assaulted. He was not seriously injured.”
Caroline Flack’s boyfriend Lewis Burton publicly reached out to her on Valentine’s Day, despite the pair being banned from contacting each other personally. The tennis player Lewis posted a picture of them both on Instagram and wrote: ‘Happy Valentine’s. Love You.’
In January, the star took to Instagram to tell followers that she was going to speak out despite being advised not to, writing: “I’m going to speak today… mine and my family’s life is no longer up for entertainment and gossip,” however did not follow up with a further comment. Stars of Love Island are leading tributes to the presenter, including Chris Hughes and Amber Davies from series four. Chris wrote: “Words can’t sum this up. So sad. Another amazing person taken from this cruel world,” while Amber added: “My heart is actually broken.”
Jack Charles took to Instagram to say: “Truly in shock after hearing such devastating news, it was a real pleasure knowing you Caroline, my thoughts are with your family and loved ones.” Joshua Ritchie added: “Absolutely gutted about what I’ve just heard. RIP Caroline, my thoughts are with all your family and friends. What an amazing woman you are, it was a pleasure to have worked with you.”