Love Island is CANCELLED tonight but WILL return tomorrow with ‘tribute episode’ to Caroline Flack after the show’s former host took her own life aged 40

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Caroline Flack was found dead at her London flat aged 40. She is pictured above in a promo shot for the  2019 series . She had previously presented ITV show Love Island. It was announced tonight that the show would not air this evening
Caroline Flack was found dead at her London flat aged 40. She is pictured above in a promo shot for the 2019 series . She had previously presented ITV show Love Island. It was announced tonight that the show would not air thism evening

 

Hit ITV show Love Island has been cancelled tonight, but will return to screens tomorrow following the death of much-loved presenter Caroline Flack.

It emerged earlier today that paramedics were scrambled to Flack’s north-east London home the day before she killed herself – but didn’t take her to hospital after a clinical assessment.

In a statement this evening, ITV said that they had decided not to broadcast the show tonight ‘out of respect for Caroline’s family’.

Sources told MailOnline that ambulance crews were sent to the former Love Island presenter’s Stoke Newington flat over ‘concerns for her welfare’, but decided against taking her to hospital after checking her over.

Flack, 40, was found dead inside the property by her father Ian, after taking her own life while the friend who was staying with her ‘popped out to the shops’.

An ITV spokesperson said: ‘Many people at ITV knew Caroline well and held her in great affection. All of us are absolutely devastated at this tragic news.

‘After careful consultation between Caroline’s representatives and the Love Island production team and given how close we still are to the news of Caroline’s tragic death we have decided not to broadcast tonight’s Love Island out of respect for Caroline’s family. Love Island will return tomorrow night which will include a tribute to Caroline who will be forever in our hearts.’

Flack is pictured above, centre, on series 5, episode 37 of the show. She was replaced this season with Laura Whitmore
Flack is pictured above, centre, on series 5, episode 37 of the show. She was replaced this season with Laura Whitmore

 

 

ITV and Love Island producers had previously come under scrutiny for the aftercare given to contestants of the Love Island show.

Reality shows have been warned by Ofcom that they have a duty of care towards their stars.

Today #cancelloveisland was trending on Twitter, with commentators demanding the show be axed with immediate effect after Flack became the third person linked to the show to take their own life. Sophie Gradon, 32, died in 2018 and Mike Thalassitis, 26, was found dead in 2019.

Speaking on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps echoed the TV regulator, saying ‘the duty of care should be considered’ over Flack’s death.

But he warned: ‘Clearly people making these programmes do have a duty of care, not just to contestants but to presenters as well.But I don’t want to jump to conclusions. ‘We know there were circumstances involved here.’

She had been unable to contact her tennis player boyfriend since her court appearance in December as part of her bail conditions.

The London Ambulance Service would not comment on whether they visited that property but did confirm they were called to the road where the star had recently moved at 10.30pm on Valentine’s Day.

An ambulance crew was then sent back to the same street less than 24 hours later, at 2.30pm on Saturday, where the star was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her death came just hours after she found out she would face trial over the alleged assault of her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27.

Today Mr Burton shared a picture of the couple on holiday together on Instagram this morning, saying his ‘heart is broken’ and promising to ‘be her voice’.