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"Absolutely devastated." How Love Island UK has responded to the death of Caroline Flack.

This post deals with suicide and may be triggering for some readers.

On Saturday, Caroline Flack – best known for her hosting duties on popular reality series Love Island UK – made the decision to end her life.

The suicide is the third in the past two years that has been associated with Love Island. It has left those who work on Love Island, currently in the middle of filming their winter edition, in turmoil over how to respond to the news on the show.

READ: 3 deaths in 2 years: The harsh reality of Love Island UK.

After cancelling their ‘Unseen Bits’ episode on Saturday night, they have now announced they will also cancel Sunday night’s episode.

“Many people at ITV knew Caroline well and held her in great affection,” ITV said in a statement on Sunday. “All of us are absolutely devastated at this tragic news.”

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Caroline Flack died by suicide on Saturday. Image: ITV.

"After careful consultation between Caroline’s representatives and the ‘Love Island’ production team and given how close we still are to the news of Caroline’s tragic death, we have decided not to broadcast tonight’s ‘Love Island’ out of respect for Caroline’s family.

"‘Love Island’ will return tomorrow night, which will include a tribute to Caroline who will be forever in our hearts."

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It is understood that the current contestants remain unaware of Caroline's death, Daily Mail reports.

The current season, which is broadcast in Australia by Channel Nine via 9Now, is due to end on February 23.

Caroline Flack was due to host the current series, however in December of last year she was charged with assaulting her partner, tennis player Lewis Burton. She denied all allegations. However due to the media storm that ensued, the seasoned presenter decided to step down from the hosting duties until further notice.

She was due for her trial on March 4. But on Saturday, UK time, the news broke that Flack had died by suicide.

Laura Whitmore, who took over as host of Love Island after Caroline stepped down in December, has paid tribute to her friend in the wake of her death and condemned the treatment she received from the media and at the hands of online trolls.

"Anyone who knew Caroline, knew she was vivacious, loving, and had a passion for life, which is why none of this makes sense," the presenter said on her BBC Radio 5 Live show.

"She loved to laugh and had the most infectious chuckle. She also had many struggles.

"I'm not going to pretend she was perfect - but is anyone? She lived every mistake publicly, under the scrutiny of the media," Whitmore said.

"The problem wasn't the show. The show to work on is loving and caring and safe and protected. The problem is that the outside world is not."

She continued: To the press, the newspapers, who create click bait, who demonise and tear down success, we've had enough."

"I want to use my platform, this platform, to call people out because it's gone too far. Your words affect people."

If you think you may be experiencing depression or another mental health problem, please contact your general practitioner. If you're based in Australia, please contact Lifeline 13 11 14 for support or beyondblue 1300 22 4636.


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