The troubled star Caroline Flack had warned the police that she would take her own life, it turned out on Sunday.
The 40-year-old took antidepressants in her fight against mental health problems and was terrified of the prospect of her upcoming trial.
It was claimed yesterday that paramedics were sent to her house the day before she was found dead for fear of her well-being, but she was not taken to the hospital.
The distraught TV presenter was supposed to be shocked by the prospect of a “show trial” about an alleged attack on her boyfriend and was afraid she could not handle the consequences.
Caroline Flack is pictured above when leaving Highbury Magistrates’ Court on December 23, 2019
Flack was last publicly portrayed on January 24 in North London. She was replaced on Love Island
Friends said she was tormented by the idea that a jury would see images of the police body cam taken on the night she was accused of attacking Lewis Burton, 27. She hoped the trial would not go ahead.
A court had heard that the police had found the couple covered in blood and that Miss Flack had cut her wrist. The revelations about her mental health raised questions about whether she received sufficient help to tackle her depression and panic attacks.
The police refused to reveal last night whether they had referred the star to mental health care. While stars paid tribute to the Love Island presenter, friends or prosecutors, medical professionals and her former bosses at ITV asked for opportunities to save her.
ITV canceled planned Love Island episodes over the weekend, but said the show would return tonight with a tribute to Miss Flack, who presented five series before stepping back after her arrest. In other developments:
Friends said she was tormented by the idea that a jury would see images of the police body cam taken on the night she was accused of attacking Lewis Burton (together above)
- Mrs Flack’s management called the case against her a “show trial” without merit;
- Burton raged against a court ban that had kept him and Miss Flack apart;
- Fellow TV presenter Laura Whitmore warned of the pressure that public opinion was confronted with and said: “It has gone too far”;
- Government minister Shapps said that broadcasters owed a duty of care to participants in the reality show and presenters.
Miss Flack died Saturday at her home in Stoke Newington, East London.
Friend says: “my heart is broken”
Caroline Flack’s boyfriend said he was “deeply saddened” by her death.
Lewis Burton said that he will be the “voice” of Miss Flack in the aftermath of her death and strives to “get the answers” that she cannot get for herself now.
The 27-year-old was ordered by a judge not to have contact with his girlfriend, who was accused of attacking him in December, prior to her trial on March 4. He asked the CPS not to make a declaration.
“My heart is broken, we had something so special,” he wrote in a social media post, accompanying a photo of the couple hugging on vacation.
He added: “I know you felt safe with me and I was not allowed to be there this time, I kept asking and asking.
“I will ask the questions you wanted. Nothing will bring you back, but I will try to make you proud every day. “
The couple went out since last summer when they were seen in Ibiza. He placed a loving Instagram post on his other half on Valentine’s Day, hours before she took her own life.
It is believed that her death was only a few hours after she had heard that prosecutors had decided that she would be tried over Mr Burton’s alleged attack in December.
Her management team said the Crown Prosecution Service knew she was “vulnerable” and condemned the decision to continue with her trial next month. Mr. Burton, who made the original 999 call to report the attack, later said he did not want them to be charged.
Miss Flack was found ‘non-responsive’ in her apartment on Saturday and was declared dead on the spot. Paramedics were called to the road earlier on Friday evening. London Ambulance Service said: “Crews was present and after a clinical assessment the person was not taken to the hospital.”
Friends said that Miss Flack had become “fixated” by the prospect that police video footage of her arrest would be made public.
A hearing was told that Burton had called on December 12 at 5:25 am 999 and said he was being attacked by Miss Flack. He told the police that she had read text messages on his phone and thought he was cheating on her and attacking him while he was sleeping.
Last year at a hearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in North London, the prosecutors said the couple were covered with blood and Miss Flack said two cuts in her left wrist after breaking a glass.
Officers were forced to control her, they said, and when she was warned, she told the police that she would commit suicide, the court heard.
Her lawyer Paul Morris said that Mr. Burton disputed the CPS account and did not want her prosecuted.
An ITV insider insisted on keeping in touch with Miss Flack and offering her support.
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ITV plunged into crisis over Caroline Flack suicide: bosses talk about the future of Love Island, while stars shout forever
ByPaul Revoirand Jennifer Ruby for the daily mail
ITV was confronted with a reality show crisis last night following the suicide of presenter Caroline Flack.
But after talks yesterday, the broadcaster decided to continue with the current Love Island series.
Previously by Miss Flack, it had been extensively investigated following the suicides of two former participants in the past two years.
Caroline is pictured above during series five, episode 37 of the popular ITV show Love Island
Two episodes of the ITV2 dating show were canceled during the weekend, but this one comes back tonight with a tribute to its former host.
Miss Flack said goodbye to her presentation role in December after she was arrested for an alleged attack on her friend Lewis Burton, 27.
Love Island blames online trolls and the press
New Love Island host, Laura Whitmore, broke down while attacking online trolls about the death of Caroline Flack.
The presenter was tearful when she opened her radio program yesterday by criticizing the media and those “demonizing and breaking down success.”
She also appealed to listeners to be “friendly” to others after her friend’s death.
Miss Whitmore, 34, replaced Miss Flack for the current series of the ITV2 reality show after she was arrested for attacking friend Lewis Burton.
“At the age of 40, Caroline Flack made a decision to take her own life and I’m going to talk about her and give her the respect she deserves,” she said when she opened her BBC 5 Live show.
Laura Whitmore who gave up during a tribute to her “lively and loving” girlfriend Caroline Flack in an emotional tribute to Whitemore’s Sunday morning radio show
She said that Miss Flack was “lively, loving and passionate about life.”
She added: “I’m not going to pretend that she was perfect, but is there anyone?
“She lived every mistake publicly under the supervision of the media.
“Caroline loved love. That’s all she wanted, that’s why Love Island was important to her because the show is about finding love, friendship, laughter. Miss Whitmore made it clear that the show, which was criticized after the suicides of two former participants, was not “the problem.”
“The show is loving and caring and safe and protected. The problem is that the outside world is not. “
She added: “To the press that demonize and break down success, we have had enough. Enough for paparazzi and tabloids looking for a cheap sale, for trolls hiding behind a keyboard, enough.
“So listeners, be kind, only you are responsible for how you treat others.”
Others also paid tribute to the late star. Singer Olly Murs, 35, who presented X Factor with Miss Flack said she was his “sister” and that he hadn’t stopped crying.
Colleagues ITV presenters Holly Willoughby, 39, and Phillip Schofield, 57, paid her tribute at Dancing On Ice last night.
A visible upset, Mr. Schofield said: “We would like to take a moment to remember Caroline Flack in the light of the terrible news from yesterday. We wanted to say that our hearts go out to her family and friends. “
The decision to continue the show, which should end next weekend, shocked industry insiders who expected the broadcaster to cancel it after her death.
Two former participants – Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis – have lost their lives in the last two years and Mrs. Gradon’s boyfriend also committed suicide weeks after her death.
One of ITV’s most talked-about presenters, Eamonn Holmes, wondered whether the series should continue to consist of “respect” for Caroline Flack. Writing on Twitter, he said: “Caroline Flack … Dear God. Incredibly shocked. May they have found peace.
“Should that certainly have an impact on Love Island?”
He added later: “Meaning out of respect, can the series continue?”
The main sponsors of Love Island, collection service Just Eat, said it supported ITV’s decision to complete episodes on the weekend.
Yesterday, sources at the broadcaster defended against suggestions that Miss Flack had not sufficiently supported after her arrest and subsequent indictment for Mr Burton’s assault.
An ITV insider said last night: “We have been in contact with her and her agent several times since the December incident. We had offered her our support. We asked and were assured that she was looking for all the support she needed to help her through this period.
“We offered our own help and said that it is available to her. Caroline and her team helped us through this and we offered to provide all the support that might be needed or appropriate. “
The source added: “Caroline had a lasting relationship with the Love Island team, with [presenter] Laura Whitmore and [narrator] Iain Stirling. Despite what happened in her personal life, Caroline always said she was positive about Love Island and her place in her life. “
After the editions of the ITV2 dating show were published on Saturday and Sunday nights, there was speculation as to whether the rest of the series would be broadcast.
But yesterday the broadcaster said it would be back tonight with a tribute to Miss Flack.
Confirming that the show would broadcast an ITV spokesperson said, “Many people at ITV knew Caroline well and loved her with great affection. Each of us is absolutely devastated by this tragic news. “The reasons for canceling the Sunday evening show he stated:” After careful consultation between the representatives of Caroline and the Love Island production team and considering how close we are to the news of Caroline’s tragic death, we decided to make Sunday’s Love Island not broadcast out of respect for Caroline’s family.
“Love Island is coming back Monday night, with a tribute to Caroline who will be in our hearts forever.”
Miss Flack is the fourth person on the ITV2 dating program who has committed suicide. Contestant Miss Gradon, who participated in the 2016 series, was found dead in 2018 at the age of 32. Her friend Aaron Armstrong, 25, committed suicide three weeks later. Mike Thalassitis, who participated in the show in 2017, was 26 when he was found dead last March.
Last night the hashtag #cancelloveisland was trending on Twitter. Users called the format of the program “toxic” and wondered why it was still visible after four suicides when the Jeremy Kyle Show was canceled after one.
Miss Flack, described as “vulnerable” by her management, stopped presenting the Love Island winter series after she allegedly attacked Mr Burton in December in her flat in Islington, north London.
She introduced a non-guilty plea for assault in Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court and was released on bail, with conditions that stopped contact with her friend prior to a trial in March.