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Former 'Love Island' Host Caroline Flack Dead At 40

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By Adreon Patterson

TV presenter Caroline Flack, who was the host of ITV2’s Love Island from 2015-2019, died of suicide at the age of 40 on February 15, according to her lawyer.

The host was found dead in her East London flat after someone discovered her body on Saturday.

Before her death, the presenter was out on bail awaiting trial scheduled for March. The trial stemmed from assault charges filed against her after an altercation between her and her then-boyfriend Lewis Burton occurred in December of last year.

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After the news broke about Flack's death, her family confirmed her death in a statement, courtesy of her lawyer.

"We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February," the family's statement said. "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."

Her management team Money Talent Management released a statement. Francis Ridley stated, "We are devastated at the loss of our client and friend Caroline Flack."

With her family and lawyer asking for privacy, everyone close to the deceased television host will need time to process their grief.

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Many celebrities and fans reacted to the television host's death.

British comedy duo Ant and Dec wrote on Twitter, "We are both devastated to hear the news about Caroline Flack. It is beyond sad. Beyond words. So tragic. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Rest In Peace Caroline XX."

Operatic pop singer Katherine Jenkins wrote, "Tragically sad news about Caroline Flack. Heartbreaking to think she felt so alone. We have to be kinder and more compassionate to those who are struggling. Rest In Peace Dancing Queen x."

Flack's Love Island replacement Laura Whitmore sent out her condolence on Twitter.

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Many have begun blaming the media due to the intense coverage Flack received after she was brought up on charges.

Screenwriter Amna wrote in a thread on Twitter, "The absolute audacity of certain members of the press who spend their careers hounding famous women from Meghan Markle to Caroline Flack pretending to be shocked by the consequences of an intrusive media which unashamedly relies on misogyny to get clicks and sell papers."

Adding insult to injury, British tabloid The Sun had posted a Valentine mocking the television host's assault charges, shortly before her death was announced to the public.

Press members like Dan Wooton and Piers Morgan have begun to be called out for their persistent abuse against celebrities.

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In late 2019, the former Love Island presenter had stepped down from her position on after the assault charges stemming from the altercation between her and Burton on December 12, 2019. Up until her death, she repeatedly denied the charges even though Burton was not cooperating with the authorities. The trial was set to begin March 4.

The couple had begun dating at the start of 2019 before the altercation in December.

Flack's former employer the TV network ITV released a statement via Twitter.

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Prior to her assault charges, Flack had been a prominent career as a television presenter for shows such as I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here NOW!, The U.K. X Factor and Big Brother U.K.

Earlier in her career, she was known as bubbles from the U.K. sketch show Bo' Selecta! before becoming a host for various reality and competition shows. Flack was a contestant on both Big Brother and Strictly Dancing, eventually returning to the latter in 2018.

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