TRIBUTES HAVE flooded in for Caroline Flack following the much-loved TV presenter’s tragic death at the age of just 40.
A lawyer representing the Flack family confirmed that the former Love Island host committed suicide at her east London flat this weekend.
“We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February,” a statement from the family said.
“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.”
While Flack was arguably best known for her work presenting Love Island from 2015 to 2019, she also enjoyed stints on The X Factor, Xtra Factor and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here Now!
Along the way Flack also found time to win the 2014 edition of Strictly Come Dancing.
Flack was charged with assault in December last year following an altercation with her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, at her flat in Islington, north London.
She was due in court on March 4.
Stars from the world of television and beyond have been paying their respects to Flack in the wake of the sad news.
Radio host Dan Wootton led the tributes describing her as “one of the most extraordinary women” he’s ever met.
“She was kind to a fault. She cared like no one else. She was vulnerable. Other people’s feelings meant the world to her,” he tweeted.
“She deserved so much more. I am truly heartbroken. This is so wrong. So wrong,” he added.
This Morning host Phillip Schofield posted a message on his Instagram stories which simply said: “You poor darling girl my heart is breaking #BeKind.”
Davina McCall wrote: “I don’t even know what to say. But my heart goes out to her friends and family x I might be a bit quiet tonight on social media .. just doesn’t seem right .”
Derry Girls actress Nicola Coughlan also tweeted: “I met Caroline Flack last summer, she was so sweet and genuine and couldn’t have been kinder to me. She did not deserve this. It’s absolutely devastating, all my love to her family and friends.”
Several former Love Island contestants paid tribute to Flack on social media.
“Words can’t sum this up. So sad. Another amazing person taken from this cruel world,” Chris Hughes tweeted.
Love Island 2017 winner Amber Davies wrote: “My heart is actually broken.”
An ITV spokesperson 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.”