Former Love Island host Caroline Flack died on February 15. She was found unresponsive in her London apartment. At the time of her death, Flack’s family lawyer reported she had committed suicide. Coroners confirmed her death and Flack’s family recently revealed a previously unseen Instagram post written by the late host not long before she died.
Per Variety, the U.K. coroner revealed Caroline Flack's death was caused by suicide by hanging. The news of Flack’s death came ahead of her scheduled court date on March 4. Flack had been charged with assault last December. Her family understandably asked for privacy following Flack’s death. They have since released an unpublished Instagram post that the late host had written, but was reportedly told not to publish to social media. The post (via Eastern Daily Press), opens as follows:
On December the 12th 2019 I was arrested for common assault on my boyfriend ...Within 24 hours my whole world and future was swept from under my feet and all the walls that I had taken so long to build around me, collapsed. I am suddenly on a different kind of stage and everyone is watching it happen. I have always taken responsibility for what happened that night. Even on the night. But the truth is .... It was an accident. I've been having some sort of emotional breakdown for a very long time. But I am NOT a domestic abuser.
In the unpublished Instagram message, Caroline Flack explained her feelings about what she'd been going through since her arrest. She seemingly wanted to make it very clear that she was not a domestic abuser, even though she took responsibility for the events of the night that resulted in her arrest.
She went on in the post to elaborate on her feelings:
We had an argument and an accident happened. An accident. The blood that someone SOLD to a newspaper was MY blood and that was something very sad and very personal. The reason I am talking today is because my family can't take anymore. I've lost my job. My home. My ability to speak. And the truth has been taken out of my hands and used as entertainment. I can't spend every day hidden away being told not to say or speak to anyone. I'm so sorry to my family for what I have brought upon them and for what my friends have had to go through. I'm not thinking about 'how I'm going to get my career back.' I'm thinking about how I'm going to get mine and my family's life back. I can't say anymore than that.
Following the charges of assault, the late Caroline Flack had chosen to step down as host of Love Island ahead of its sixth season. At the time of her departure from the U.K. edition of the reality show, Flack cited not wanting to “detract attention” from the series, which was filming in Cape Town, South Africa.
Caroline Flack was 40 at the time of her death. Love Island U.K. returned to television this past Monday, but on a somber note. Narrator Iain Stirling opened the show with a tribute to Flack, recalling her “her passion, warmth and infectious enthusiasm.”