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Caroline Flack, host of Love Island UK, has died at age 40.

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Caroline Flack, former host of Love Island UK, has passed away at age 40.

The 40-year-old’s family confirmed that the popular television presenter was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday. A lawyer for her family said she ended her own life.

“We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February,” her family said in a statement. “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.”

Love Island and ITV have also released a statement, writing: “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.”

 

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Flack hosted five seasons of Love Island before stepping down in December of last year, after being charged with assaulting her partner, Lewis Burton.

She pleaded not guilty and was due for trial on March 4.

She was one of the most in-demand personalities on British TV, also co-hosting The X-Factor and was the winner of 2014’s Strictly Come Dancing.

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Flack’s passing is the third death associated with Love Island UK, following the deaths of former contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon. There is now mounting pressure for the popular reality series, which is broadcast by Channel Nine in Australia, to be axed.

Former contestants of Love Island have paid tribute to Flack, with 2018 contestant Wes Nelson saying she was “one of the warmest funniest people I’ve ever met”.

Olivia Jade Atwood, from the 2017 season of Love Island, said the presenter “looked after the islanders as if they were her own”.

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Amber Rose Gill, who won the series in 2019, said she had “no words” after the death of her “supportive friend in a time of need” who she called an “amazing woman”.

Runner-up of the 2019 series Molly-May said she was “utterly shocked and heartbroken” at the news.

 

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I’m utterly shocked and heartbroken. Caroline you were such a special woman. Your huge smile will stay with me forever… Rest in peace

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Laura Whitmore, who is hosting the current season of Love Island UK, shared a photo of the pair to her Twitter, saying she was “trying to find the words but I can’t.”

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Such heartbreaking news???? an incredibly kind & beautiful woman…RIP angel…thoughts and prayers to all her family ????

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