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Caroline Flack has been found dead at her home, her family have confirmed.
The troubled TV presenter, who was due to appear in court next month charged with assaulting her boyfriend, is believed to have passed away at her east London flat on Saturday.
A joint 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 tragic news comes just one day after Caroline's boyfriend Lewis Burton reached out to her on Instagram to publicly wish her a happy Valentine's Day - despite being banned from speaking to her ahead of her trial.
Just last month, he spoke out in defence of the 40-year-old Love Island host, saying he was "tired of the lies and abuse" aimed at her following her arrest for alleged assault against him in her north London home in December - which Caroline also denied.
The model and former pro tennis player, who had been dating Caroline since last summer, wrote on Instagram: "I'm tired of the lies and abuse aimed at my girlfriend. This is not a witch hunt this is someone's life."
In a public show of support the 27-year-old model called her "the most lovely girl", adding: "Loyal and kind. She doesn't deserve any of this."
Caroline was arrested and charged with assault by beating following an altercation between the two at her north London home in the early hours of Thursday 12th December.
The TV star had been due to jet to South Africa for Winter Love Island in January but she was forced to step down after news broke of her arrest. Presenter Laura Whitmore has been filling in for her for the current series.
Caroline looked set to talk publicly about the trial when she wrote on Instagram: "I'm going to speak today.. mine and my family's life is no longer up for entertainment or gossip."
But the star has remained largely silent and earlier this week, she posted - then swiftly deleted - an Instagram Story despite being advised to stay off social media by her legal team.
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