Caroline Flack: ITV pays tribute after TV presenter kills herself aged 40

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Tv Presenter Caroline Flack poses for photographers on arrival at the 'GQ Men of The Year' Awards, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)
TV Presenter Caroline Flack was found dead in her east London flat on Saturday (Picture: AP)

ITV has paid tribute to former Love Island presenter Caroline Flack who has died aged 40.

A lawyer for the Flack family confirmed the TV host had taken her own life on Saturday.

Following her death, an ITV spokeswoman said: "Everybody at Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news.

“Caroline was a much-loved member of the Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends."

Love Island: Unseen Bits which airs at 9pm on Saturday nights on ITV2 has been pulled and will be replaced by You’ve Been Framed. The next episode of the live show is scheduled to air on Sunday night at 9pm.

Caroline Flack poses upon arrival at The British Fashion Awards 2017 in London, Monday, Dec. 4th, 2017. (AP Photo/ Joel C Ryan)
ITV said Caroline Flack was a 'much-loved member of the Love Island team' (Picture: AP)

Flack’s family also confirmed her death in a statement, adding: “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.”

TV presenters Davina McCall, Phillip Schofield and Eamonn Holmes were among those reacting to the news of Flack’s death.

The troubled Love Island star stepped down from presenting the show after she was alleged to have assaulted her boyfriend Lewis Burton 27, at her then flat in Islington, north London, in December.

She entered a not guilty plea to the assault charge at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court and she was released on bail with conditions that stopped her having any contact with Burton ahead of a trial in March.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/17: Caroline Flack attends the Global Gift Gala at Kimpton Fitzroy in London. (Photo by Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Flack hosted the first five series of Love Island (Picture: Getty)

Flack hosted the first five series of Love Island, one of the most-watched reality shows in the UK in recent years, as well as its spin-off programme Aftersun.

The current series of the programme, the first winter edition, is being hosted by Laura Whitmore after Flack stepped back from her presenting duties.

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