Caroline Flack was found dead at the age of 40.
In an official statement published in The Sun, her family said:
“We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th of February.
“We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.”
Ever since news of her death was reported, social media has flooded with messages of prayers and condolences from her fans.
Journalist Kate Silverton wrote:
“What shocking terrible news #carolineflack and yes I share too the many views being expressed about the need for us all to be kinder and more compassionate online and indeed generally. My thoughts for her family & friends – and her – just heartbreaking.”
Eamonn Holmes stated:
“Caroline Flack… Dear God. Shocked beyond belief. May she have found peace. #Rip Has to be repercussions for Love Island now sure.”
Calum Best wrote:
“So incredibly sad.”
Davina McCall posted:
“I’m so so sad to hear about @carolineflack1. I don’t even know what to say. But my heart goes out to her friends and family.”
The devastating news comes just a couple of months after Ms. Flack backed out as the presenter of ITV’s reality dating show Love Island following an assault charge.
Days before, she posted on Instagram expressing her love for the show and how important it is to her:
“Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly.”
“In order to not detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand for down Series 6. I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town.”
In spite of not addressing allegations thrown at her, she went on to add:
“On a really personal level. I have never experienced such kindness and love in my whole life.
“Not just from friends and family who are always the greatest .. but also from total strangers who send messages to me offering help and understanding … please know that I see them .. and my boyfriend Lewis …I love you x”.