Caroline Flack, Host of Love Island, Dead at 40

Caroline Flack at the itv Palooza in November of 2019. Photograph taken from @carolineflack on Instagram.

Before reading this article, I’d like to put a trigger warning out for everyone. This article contains content related to suicide. If you believe that reading this may be too much for you, please stop reading now.

Caroline Flack was associated with various titles: Actress, presenter, and radio host. Although she’s participated in many projects, the most infamous to her name, is Love Island.

Flack began hosting Love Island in 2015, when the show first ran its course. However, in December of 2019, she announced that she would no longer be hosting the show, after allegations of assault towards her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, 27, circulated. A trial was set to begin in early March, but unfortunately, Flack was found dead inside of her London home, earlier today.

According to a statement released by her family, “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February.” Although her family did not state the cause of death, her family’s lawyer confirmed that her death was ruled a suicide.

On December 24th, 2019, Flack posted a picture of herself on Instagram. Along with it, a statement, saying, “Been advised not to go on social media… but I wanted to say happy Christmas to everyone who has been so incredibly kind to me this year.” She continues on to say that, “I’m a human being at the end of the day and I’m not going to be silenced when I have a story to tell and a life to keep going with… I have nothing but love to give and best wishes for everyone”.

It has been speculated that British media outlets allegedly played a role in Flack’s final decision, and it has raised concern in terms of mental health awareness. The Sun, a UK tabloid, has covered Flack in a negative limelight, due to the aforementioned accusations.

On Valentine’s Day, the tabloid posted an article, in which they portrayed Flack as a “humorous meme”. There was a Valentine’s card, in which the words, “I’ll fu***** lamp you” were written, alongside a drawing of her. The negative commentary refers to the assault allegations, in which it was alleged that Flack had hit Burton over the head with a lamp.

Since her death, The Sun has since taken down the insincere portrayal of Flack, and instead, has uploaded a legal warning, according to an article posted by The Guardian.

Fans, colleagues, and celebrities have since shown their outpouring support, and heartfelt endearments towards the late host.

If you, or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at: 1-800-273-8255.

Published by Monica Ring

Screenwriter/Journalist with a passion for storytelling

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