Tributes to former Love Island host Caroline Flack

Flack, 40, a former British reality show host “Love Island, she died of suicide and her body was found in her East London apartment on Saturday, a family lawyer told PA Media.

“We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, February 15th,” says the family’s statement. “We would like to ask the press to respect the family’s privacy in this difficult moment and we ask them not to try to contact us and / or photograph us”.

Flack has hosted the series from its inception until 2015 until December, when she was accused of assault after an accident in her home. She pleaded not guilty to assaulting her 27-year-old boyfriend, Lewis Burton. He was out on bail pending trial in March, and he was replaced as a guest of “Love Island” a few days after his arrest.

At the time, he said the show had been his “world” for the previous five years, adding, “It’s the best television show.”

On Sunday, Love Island’s new host Laura Whitmore paid homage to Flack during her BBC radio show, calling her “lively” and “loving” while criticizing paparazzi and tabloid media.

“To paparazzi and tabloids looking for a cheap sale, to trolls hiding behind a keyboard – enough,” he said.

Whitmore said of Flack: “I’m not going to pretend that she was perfect, but is anyone? She has experienced every mistake publicly, under the control of the media.”

ITV, which stages the show, called her a “much loved member of the team.

“Everyone on Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news,” tweeted ITV2. “Our sincere thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.”

Burton paid tribute to his “voice” on Instagram. Next to a photo of the couple, he wrote: “My heart is broken, we had something so special.

“I’m so lost for the words that I feel so much pain that I miss you so much that I know you felt safe with me that you always said that I don’t think about anything else when I’m with you and I wasn’t allowed to be there time I kept asking and asking “.

He added: “I will be your voice, babe, I promise that I will ask all the questions you wanted and receive all the answers that nothing will bring back, but I will try to make you proud every day. I love you with all my heart.”

Thursday, Flack published a montage photo to 2.5 million Instagram followers of her and a dog, using the heart emoji.

Amber Davies, who was a winner along with Kem Cetinay during a 2017 season, tweeted: “My heart is truly broken.”

Dani Dyer, part of the winning couple next season, said she was devastated. “Caroline, you were a wonderful person and I’m so lucky to have met you. I love you. RIP, beautiful angel,” he tweeted.

Amber Gill, one of last year’s winners, simply wrote, “I am heartbroken.”

Maura Higgins, who finished fourth in the most recent season, wrote a short tribute on his Instagram. “Such heartbreaking news … an incredibly kind and beautiful woman … Angelo RIP … thoughts and prayers for her whole family,” she said.

UK phenomenon

“Love Island” is, in the center, a dating show. But in recent years, it has exploded in popularity to such an extent that it is now part of the British cultural calendar for about two months a year, dominating social media and winning converts with every passing episode.

Its reach is so wide that it was parodied on “Saturday Night Live” and has has spawned various international spinoffs, which have achieved various levels of success.

Flack has been involved in other popular shows.

She was presenter of “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Now!” and “The Xtra factor”.

In 2014, she and her partner, Pasha Kovalev, won “Strictly Come Dancing”.

Flack appeared in the British television comedy “Bo ‘Selecta!” which ran from 2002 to 2004.

Max Ramsay reported from London. Jay Croft has reported and written in Atlanta. Rob Picheta and Steve Almasy of CNN contributed to this report.

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