Caroline Flack's twin sister begged her to leave showbiz prior to her death

Tom Beasley
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Caroline Flack's twin has revealed she begged her sister to step away from showbiz, prior to her death in February last year.

The Channel 4 documentary Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death is due to air soon — just after the anniversary of her death — and, in it, the TV presenter's family discuss how they feared her deteriorating mental health.

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In the documentary — as reported in the Daily Mail — Jody Flack reveals she was "prepared" for the fact her sister could take her own life, saying she was "fascinated by the subject of suicide".

Jody said: "I would beg her to change jobs and leave showbiz but she never would. Life would have been easier but she wasn’t built for an easy life. 

"She was always scared she’d be ridiculed. She was terrified to admit her mental health struggles."

Caroline Flack attends The Beauty Awards on November 25, 2019. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)
Caroline Flack attends The Beauty Awards on November 25, 2019. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)

Flack was found dead in her home in February 2020 — aged just 40 — on the verge of her trial for allegedly assaulting boyfriend Lewis Burton. 

She had stepped aside from her regular job as host of Love Island in the wake of the assault allegations, with Laura Whitmore taking over for that year's winter series.

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Christine Flack, Caroline's mother, said the documentary has "made this year bearable" and served as "therapy" for herself and the rest of the family.

She accused social media services of making money from vile online trolling, of the sort which is believed to have contributed to Caroline's death.

"I don’t think they protect anyone," Christine said. "You can’t get away from it, it follows you on your phone. They are making money from it and need to step up."

Caroline Flack hosted 'Love Island' between 2015 and 2019. (Credit: ITV)
Caroline Flack hosted 'Love Island' between 2015 and 2019. (Credit: ITV)

A two-day inquest into Flack's death in August found the presenter took her own life in the wake of "fluctuating mental ill health" and after learning the CPS intended to prosecute her for the alleged assault.

Coroner Mary Hassell said: "It was played out in the national press – and that was incredibly difficult for her.

“She faced the prospect of not working in the job she loved, losing a great deal.”

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The inquest also heard Flack was subject to harassment prior to the evening of the alleged assault on Burton.

In the wake of her death, the hashtag #BeKind became popular on social media, urging people to think more carefully about what they write about those in the public eye.

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