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Caroline Flack: Laura Whitmore pays emotional tribute to former Love Island host after death

‘I’m trying to find the words but can’t,’ writes Whitmore

Olivia Petter
Saturday 15 February 2020 20:06 GMT
TV presenter Caroline Flack found dead aged 40

Laura Whitmore has paid tribute to Caroline Flack following news of the former Love Island host’s death.

On 15 February, a lawyer for the Flack family confirmed that Flack took her own life and was found in her east London flat.

“We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February,” a family spokesperson said.

“We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.”

Now, Whitmore, who replaced Flack to host Love Island after she stepped down, has issued a statement on Twitter regarding the news.

“I’m trying to find the words but I can’t,” she wrote alongside a photograph of the duo at a party and a screenshot of the poem, Loving Memories of a Special Son.

The poem begins: “To lose someone so special is really hard to bear. It hardly seems believable that you’re no longer there. You left us far too early, before your time, it seems.

“And now you’ll never have the chance to fulfil all those dreams.”

The poem, which is commonly read aloud at memorial services, concludes by stating: “You always lived life to the full, but ours won’t be the same. Until the day when we can see your smiling face again.

Flack stepped down from her role as Love Island host shortly before the current series began, after allegations of assault against her boyfriend, tennis player Lewis Burton.

She had been due to face trial in March over the allegations, which she denied, and entered a not guilty plea at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in December.

The two had been forbidden from seeing each other while proceedings continued.

Mr Burton posted an Instagram story of a picture of Flack a day before her death, alongside a message reading “Happy Valentine’s. Love you”.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, you can reach out for confidential support at Samaritans by calling 116 124 or visiting their website.

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