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Phillip Schofield Breaks Down Over Emotional Tribute To Caroline Flack

Phillip Schofield Breaks Down Over Emotional Tribute To Caroline Flack

Phillip Schofield choked back tears on last night's Dancing On Ice as he paid tribute to Caroline Flack, who passed away on Saturday.

Standing alongside co-host, Holly Willoughby, Phillip was close to tears as he remembered his friend and colleague at the beginning of last night's show.

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"We'd like to begin tonight's show by taking a moment to remember Caroline Flack in light of yesterday's awful news," Phillip began.

"We wanted to say that our hearts go out to her family and friends."

Holly added: "Many of us here on the show knew Caroline as a friend and we'll all miss her enormously.

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"As Caroline herself recently posted, in a world where you can be anything, be kind."

Caroline tragically passed away on Saturday (Credit: PA)
Caroline tragically passed away on Saturday (Credit: PA)

Caroline, 40, was found dead at her London home on Saturday, her family confirmed.

A statement from the star's family said: "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."

The TV presenter was due to appear in court in a matter of weeks, after being charged with allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.

Caroline was arrested and charged with assault by beating following an altercation between the two at her London home in the early hours of Thursday 12th December.

Caroline was due in court next month (Credit: PA)
Caroline was due in court next month (Credit: PA)

Lewis had recently spoken out in defence of Caroline, saying he was "tired of the lies and abuse" aimed at her following her arrest for alleged assault against him in her east London home - which Caroline also denied.

Lewis, 27, and Caroline, were banned from speaking to one another ahead of her trial for allegedly assaulting him. Lewis did not want to press charges but the trial went ahead.

Caroline had been set to host the winter series of Love Island which started in January, but stepped down from the role following her arrest.

Her close friend and colleague Laura Whitmore has been filling in for her. On Saturday evening, Love Island: Unseen Bits was cancelled, while ITV announced yesterday that last night's episode had also been taken off air.

The show will return this evening and will include a tribute to Caroline "who will be forever in [their] hearts."

Anyone affected by this story or struggling in any way should call Samaritans for free on 116 123 - visit www.samaritans.org or write down your thoughts in an email to [email protected].

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Life News, News, Caroline Flack

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]

 

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