TV presenter Caroline Flack dies at age of 40

Family of former Love Island host releases statement confirming her death

TV presenter Caroline Flack. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

TV presenter Caroline Flack. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

 

TV presenter Caroline Flack has died, her family said in a statement.

The statement said: “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of 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.”

A lawyer for the Flack family confirmed that Caroline took her own life and was found in her east London flat on Saturday.

Flack became synonymous with ITV2 reality series Love Island in recent years. Along with hosting Love Island’s weekly spin-off show Aftersun, Flack (40) hosted five series of the popular programme, one of the most-watched reality shows in the UK since it launched in 2015.

She had stepped down from presenting Love Island after she was alleged to have assaulted her boyfriend Lewis Burton (27) at her then flat in Islington, north London, in December.

She entered a not guilty plea to the assault charge at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court and she was released on bail with conditions that stopped her having any contact with Mr Burton ahead of a trial in March.

Career path

Flack had previously had presenting jobs on E4 Music and on the CBBC channel before becoming the co-host of game show Gladiators with Ian Wright in 2009 on Sky One.

In 2009, she became the presenter of I’m A Celebrity. . . Get Me Out Of Here! NOW! alongside Joe Swash and Russell Kane.

She left the I’m A Celebrity companion show in 2011 to host another spin-off programme, The Xtra Factor, for The X Factor, along with former contestant Olly Murs. After leaving The Xtra Factor in 2014, Flack and Murs were promoted to host the main ITV show, replacing Dermot O’Leary.

She took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and was partnered with Pasha Kovalev. The pair won the series, fending off competition from Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe.

Tributes

Responding to the news on Saturday, an ITV spokeswoman said: “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.”

Laura Whitmore, who replaced Flack on Love Island for the latest series, tweeted: “I’m trying to find the words but I can’t”, followed by a broken heart emoji.

Dermot O’Leary posted a picture of him with Flack on Instagram. He wrote: “Just the worst news. Poor soul. Sending love to hers, and yours. Hold them tight tonight people. X Candles lit.” – PA