Ex-Love Island host Caroline Flack has been found dead at 40, reports said on Saturday.
The television presenter was banned from contacting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, after she was charged with his assault in December which she denied.She was set to face trial in March. Ms Flack had stepped down from her position as the face of the popular ITV show after the charges came to light. Her family said in a statement: "We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today. We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time." It has been reported that Flack was found by her father when a friend that was staying with her was unable to gain entry after leaving her own her own for a few hours. Her trial was due to take place in less than a month and had left her feeling 'she was on her own' and 'couldn't see a way out', friends have said. There was an outpour of condolence messages from friends and colleagues who are extremely shocked and utterly devastated by the news. TV presenter Jonathan Ross said he had been in touch with Flack recently and "had hoped she was doing better". "She was talented and smart and likeable and she will be missed. It's awful," he tweeted. Presenters and colleagues Ant and Dec also paid their tributes. "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," they said.
Assault charges against her At the time of her death,Flack was awaiting trial after allegedly assaulting her boyfriend with a lamp. She pleaded not guilty in court later and in the same month was released on bail on the condition she did not contact Burton. Her solicitor made an application to have these bail conditions lifted, arguing that they remained a couple and wanted to spend Christmas together.
How the assault charge unfolded Prior to her arrest, police were seen outside the presenter's flat, where she lived with Mr Burton, in the early hours of 14 December. There were reports that a man had been attacked. Photographs of her blood spattered front door had emerged the day before. Eyewitnesses in the area described the incident as“total chaos” as police arrived to calm the situation. She was reportedly left in need of hospital treatment after accidentally cutting herself on broken glass during the incident. The star spent Christmas in Los Angeles to escape the media frenzy surrounding her in the UK. Love Island episode pulled after producers heard the tragic news ITV pulled Saturday's edition of Love Island following her death 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." An episode of unseen bits from the week in the villa was due to air at 21:00 GMT. Flack's death shocked fans on Saturday. It came two months after she was replaced as host of the show. Caroline's death is the third suicide from the reality TV show, after former contestants, Sophie Gradon, and Mike Thalassitis, took their own lives following online abuse since leaving the show. ITV2's programme announcer said: "In light of today's sad news we're replacing tonight's episode of Love Island: Unseen Bits with a double bill of You've Been Framed." Love Island's first winter series, which is being filmed in South Africa, is due to end on Sunday, 23 February. Meanwhile, Channel 4 said its series The Surjury, which was filmed with Flack, will not air. A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: "We are shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news about Caroline Flack. Our deepest sympathies go out to Caroline's family and friends. When the show was announced in October, the channel said it would feature a 12-strong jury of the public who would decide if people got the cosmetic surgery they dreamed of. Battle with depression Caroline Flack had always been open about her brave battle with mental health issues especially after she won Strictly Come Dancing with Pasha Kovalev. Flack said that – the morning after winning Strictly – she felt like her body was “covered” in “clingfilm”, saying she felt ”ridiculous” feeling so low after her dancefloor victory. “I couldn’t get up and just couldn’t pick myself up at all that next year.” She said that anti-depressants helped her get up in the morning but they also made her “numb” She added: “I came off them after six months, as I realised feeling something was better than feeling nothing at all.” Are trolls indirect murderers? Online trolls and social media have often been blamed for the negative impact it has on people’s mental health, which has seen a significant rise in the last couple of years. Many celebrities have come forward to raise awareness of the dangers that online trolling causes. By definition, online trolls post offensive, divisive, inflammatory, or otherwise inappropriate comments to get a reaction. However, a troll will repeatedly post insulting or damaging information that goes beyond simply expressing an opinion or recounting an experience. Little Mix's Jesy Nelson recently revealed that online bullying following her appearance on X Factor drove her to try to kill herself. In a BBC Three documentary, called 'Odd One Out', the singer, 28,who presented the shoe said that comments about her appearance made her so unhappy she “just wanted to die”. In a candid and tearful moment, Jesy recalls how she took an overdose after taunts about her looks became too much to bear. Caroline Flack- rise to stardom Flack was born in Enfield, London, and attended Great Hockham Primary School and Wayland Community High School in Watton, Norfolk. In 2002, Flack gained her break on television, playing Bubbles on the sketch show Bo' Selecta! She then presented the International Pepsi Chart Show, before moving to Channel 4 in 2005, where she presented links between videos on E4 Music and co-presented The Games: Live at Trackside on E4 with Justin Lee Collins. From Love Island, Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor, I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! - Flack starred on some of Britain's biggest shows of the past decade. However, at the time of her death her career was under a cloud after she was replaced for the winter series of ITV's Love Island after being charged with assaulting her boyfriend. Her rise in TV came when she joined Sam and Mark to front the zany Saturday morning children's show TMi in 2007. She then went on to co-host Sky One show Gladiators with Ian Wright. After joining I'm a Celebrity, she went on to host another ITV spin-off, The Xtra Factor, two years later, before being chosen to front a series of the main talent show itself with Olly Murs in 2015. In 2014, she won Strictly Come Dancing with dance partner Pasha Kovalev and continued to rise despite her battle with depression. When Love Island was relaunched in 2015, she was their first choice to host, and she helped make it one of the biggest shows on British TV. The first few series performed well, but the show really became a TV phenomenon from 2018 winning a Bafta for best reality show. Flack made her West End stage debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago in 2018, starred in a touring version of Crazy For You, and appeared on the celebrity version of The Great British Bake Off. Final moments Two days before her death, she posted photos of herself with her dogs, with no message except a simple love heart. Before that, her last message was on Christmas Eve - the day after her court hearing. "This kind of scrutiny and speculation is a lot to take on for one person to take on their own..." she wrote. "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'm taking some time out to get feeling better and learn some lessons from situations I've got myself into." "I have nothing but love to give and best wishes for everyone."
Meanwhile,Caroline Flack's boyfriend Lewis Burton had posted a message on social media on Valentine's Day, just a day before her death. The 27-year-old posted a photograph of the two of them together with a "Happy Valentine's" message on Instagram on Friday, saying: "I love you."