Laura Whitmore mourns death of Caroline Flack

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
Laura Whitmore and Caroline Flack at an awards party in 2019 (Getty Images for EE)
Laura Whitmore and Caroline Flack at an awards party in 2019 (Getty Images for EE)

Laura Whitmore has shared a poem about grief as she mourned the death of her friend Caroline Flack.

Former Love Island presenter Flack was found dead in her east London flat aged 40.

Whitmore, 34, wrote on Twitter: “I’m trying to find the words but I can’t.”

Read more: ITV pays tribute to Caroline Flack

Alongside a picture of herself and Flack embracing the TV presenter shared a poem that included the lines, “You left us far too early,” and, “You always lived life to the full.”

Whitmore took over as host of ITV2 dating show Love Island this year when Flack stepped down after being charged with assault following a row with boyfriend Lewis Burton.

She was awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to charges of assault by beating at a hearing last month. She was on bail and awaiting trial to begin on 4 March.

A lawyer for the Flack family confirmed the presenter had taken her own life and her body was discovered on Saturday February 15.

Television presenter Caroline Flack poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards in London, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Caroline Flack has died aged 40 (AP)

The family statement said: “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February.

“We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time and we would ask they make no attempt to contact us and/or photograph us.”

Tributes from celebrities and colleagues have poured onto social media, reacting in shock and heartbreak.

Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid tweeted: “My heart is absolutely broken for Caroline Flack and everybody who loves her.”

Dermot O’Leary, who worked with Flack on The X Factor, said: “Just the worst news. Poor soul.
Sending love to hers, and yours. Hold them tight tonight people. X Candles lit.”

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