TV presenter Caroline Flack found dead aged 40 - Family issue statement
Per The Sun, English television and radio presenter Caroline Flack has died aged 40.
The news of the Love Island host's passing broke on Saturday afternoon, with the tabloid reporting that she was found dead in her flat in London.
The Telegraph is reporting that a lawyer for the Flack family has confirmed that Flack took her own life and was found in her East London flat.
A statement from her family reads: "We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February. We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time."
Throughout her career, the TV and radio star has also fronted The X Factor and I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp.
The tragic news comes after the star stepped down from presenting the first-ever winter series of Love Island following assault charges after a row with boyfriend Lewis Burton.
Flack last appeared in court in December where she pleaded not guilty to the charges. She had been on bail and awaiting the trial to begin on March 4.
Burton, a 27-year-old model, recently denied the prosecution and denied rumors that the pair had split up, declaring his love for Caroline on Instagram yesterday as they spent Valentine's Day apart.
Lewis posted a picture of the pair of them to his Instagram Stories, along with the caption: "Happy valentines [red love heart] Love you [kissing emoji]".
Following her last court appearance, Flack broke her social media silence on January 30 with a post on Instagram, saying: "Thankfully I know a lot of you will not believe all that you have heard and read following today's court hearing... thank you for your continued support and love... It's going to be a relief when I am able to give my side of the story, when I'm allowed to."
Caroline’s last Instagram post was shared yesterday, and showed a series of pictures of her with her dog.
Following the tragic news, many celebrities have posted tributes on social media:
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