English radio and television personality, Caroline Flack has been found dead in her London home three weeks before she was due to appear in court for an alleged assault on her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.
According to a family statement released on Saturday, the Love Island presenter died on 15th February 2020.
“We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th of February. We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time,” the statement says.
A report confirmed by Flack family’s lawyer said the 40-year-old TV presenter took her own life after a worried friend who was staying with her, went to the shops, leaving her alone at her London flat.
When the friend arrived back, she was unable to go in. The producer friend then called Flack’s father Ian who gained entry to the flat and found the star’s lifeless body.
Flack’s last post on Instagram was a collage of pictures, showing her playing with her dog, Ruby on Thursday.
The next day, her boyfriend Lewis Burton posted a picture of him and Flack on InstaStory and wrote: ‘Happy Valentine’s… Love You’
According to the Telegraph UK, the 40-year-old TV had stepped down from her TV work after being arrested and charged with assault in December. She was due to go on trial for allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton with a lamp at her flat in Islington, north London, on 12 December, with her court hearing scheduled for March 4.
In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, 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.”
Following her death, Flack’s management has criticised prosecutors over what they called a “show trial” despite her boyfriend saying he did not want to press charge.
Francis Ridley, of Money Talent Management, said: “In recent months Caroline had been under huge pressure because of an ongoing case and potential trial which has been well reported.
“The Crown Prosecution Service pursued this when they knew not only how very vulnerable Caroline was but also that the alleged victim did not support the prosecution and had disputed the CPS version of events.
“The CPS should look at themselves today and how they pursued a show trial that was not only without merit but not in the public interest. And ultimately resulted in significant distress to Caroline.”
In response, the CPS said its “deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Caroline Flack”.
“Given the tragic circumstances, we will not comment on the specifics of this case at this stage,” a spokesperson added.
Caroline Flack began her career in the comedy series Bo’ Selecta! in 2002 and went on to present shows on the ITV network such as The Xtra Factor. Flack began presenting the dating reality series Love Island in 2015, which she became well known for.