Caroline Flack, Who Hosted ‘Love Island,’ Dies by Suicide at 40


Caroline Flack, a well-known television personality and former host of ITV’s “Love Island” and other shows in Britain, died on Saturday her family said. She was 40.

The Associated Press, citing a statement from her family, confirmed her death. A lawyer for the family said the star had died by suicide and was found in her home in London, The A.P. reported.

In 2015, Ms. Flack began hosting “Love Island,” a British dating-reality show in which the public voted off their favorite “islanders” until one couple remained.

She was replaced in December after she was charged with assault after an episode involving her boyfriend, the tennis star Lewis Burton, The Guardian reported.

“Caroline was a much loved member of the ‘Love Island’ team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends,” ITV, which broadcasts the show, said on Twitter.

Laura Whitmore, who replaced Ms. Flack as the show’s host, said on Twitter that she was “trying to find the words but I can’t.”

Ms. Flack’s management agency and team were not immediately available for comment on Saturday.

Ms. Flack was no stranger to reality television.

In 2014, she won “Strictly Come Dancing,” with her dance partner Pasha Kovalev and also hosted several programs including “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! Now!” and “Xtra Factor” according to ITV.

While Ms. Flack, who had several famous partners, including Prince Harry and Harry Styles, is a fixture in the British tabloids, she also had to deal with their incessant prying and constant criticism.

She once told The Sun, “Not everyone is going to like you, so you have to filter it.”

While “Love Island” is a wildly popular show in the U.K., it has raised issues about mental health.

Two previous contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, died by suicide in 2018 and 2019. Their deaths stirred a debate in Britain over the ethics of reality television and the duty that broadcasters have to care for contestants.

ITV released new guidelines in May to promote contestants’ well-being and also offered contestants “training on dealing with social media.”

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