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Love Island pays emotional tribute to Caroline Flack four years on from her death

Love Island pays emotional tribute to Caroline Flack four years on from her death

The ITV presenter took her own life in February 2020

Warning: this article discusses suicide and mental health issues.

It's hard to believe it's been four years since the world was forced to say goodbye to much-loved television presenter, Caroline Flack.

The 40-year-old Love Island host took her own life on 15 February 2020 following the public breakdown of her relationship with tennis star and model boyfriend, Lewis Burton.

Caroline had discovered she was to be prosecuted for the alleged assault of partner Lewis in the days prior to her death, noting that her mental health had deteriorated as a result.

Around the same time, the on-screen favourite - also known for having presented The Xtra Factor, as well as appearing on Strictly Come Dancing - was removed as Love Island host.

The dating show's producers announced at the time that Caroline's close friend Laura Whitmore would be fronting the show from then on.

In a final post delivered to Instagram before her death, she wrote an emotional statement about her wellbeing.

"Been advised not to go on social media... but I wanted to say happy Christmas to everyone who has been so incredibly kind to me this year.

Caroline hosted Love Island for five series.
Stuart C Wilson/Getty

"This kind of scrutiny and speculation is a lot to take on for one person to take on their own... I’m a human being at the end of the day and I’m not going to be silenced when I have a story to tell and a life to keep going with."

She continued: "I’m taking some time out to get feeling better and learn some lessons from situations I’ve got myself into to.

"I have nothing but love to give and best wishes for everyone."

Within days of the winter 2020 series airing, the star was found dead at her home in North East London, having hung herself.

That evening, the 9pm instalment was cancelled in her honour.

When Love Island did return to screens, mental health support charities - including Samaritans - were advertised, as opposed to generic promotions.

Her co-presenter Iain Stirling - who famously narrates the widely-adored reality series - issued a statement, paying tribute to his friend.

Love Island paid tribute to Caroline on its Instagram page.

"We are all absolutely devastated by the tragic news that Caroline, a much-loved member of our Love Island family, has passed away.

"Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this dreadful time. Her passion, warmth, and infectious enthusiasm were a crucial part of what made the show connect with millions of viewers, like many of you, right now we're all just trying to come to terms with what has happened.

He went on: "Caroline, I want to thank you for all the fun times we had making our favourite show, you were a true friend to me. I’m gonna miss you, Cas."

Since then, the ITV2 dating show that she proudly fronted for five series has issued a tribute to her memory on the date of her passing.

And this year is no different. The official Love Island Instagram page shared a beautiful black and white snap of the presenter on its story earlier today.

"Caroline. Always in our hearts," the tribute read.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/loveisland/ITV

Topics: Celebrity, Caroline Flack, Mental Health, Entertainment, TV And Film, Love Island