Love Island Host Caroline Flack Killed Herself Because She Feared Public Trial, Coroner Says
Caroline Flack died by suicide because "she knew she would face the media, press, publicity — it would all come down upon her," a coroner in London ruled Thursday
"Happy Birthday up there. Miss U," Lewis Burton, who was dating Flack at the time of her death, posted on his Instagram Story Monday alongside a black and white clip of the couple happily walking down a London street together.
Lewis Burton/Instagram A poem posted by Lewis Burton
Laura Whitmore, who took over as host of the hit U.K. series, remembered Flack as the perpetual "life of the party."
"Happy Birthday Flackers, imagine you're having a boogie somewhere," she wrote alongside a video of Flack dancing in a nightclub on her Story. Whitmore also posted a photo in her feed of a heart-shaped "We Love You" balloon.
"Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle we forget to say nice things to each other," she captioned the post. "Surround yourself with those who lift you and don't forget to lift those around you! #ShowLove #bekind."
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle we forget to say nice things to each other. Surround yourself with those who lift you and don’t forget to lift those around you! ❤️ #ShowLove #bekind
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Close friend Mollie Grosberg also shared a heartfold note. "We talk and think about you every single day," she wrote. "Still play your fave songs, talk about funny stories, kiss your smelly dog (who we worship). Every year birthdays were the BIGGEST DEAL and this one will be too. Happy first heaven birthday you angel."
Happy birthday Caroline. We talk and think about you every single day. Still play your fave songs, talk about funny stories, kiss your smelly dog (who we worship). Every year birthdays were the BIGGEST DEAL and this one will be too. Happy first heaven birthday you angel. 🧚🏻💫
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Grosberg also posted a video of Flack happily spinning around on her Instagram Story, writing, "Happy Birthday Tiny Dancer. We miss you."
Meanwhile, friend Lou Teasdale included a link to Demi Lovato singing "Anyone" — a song she said Flack "loved so much" and "would make us watch it over and over right to the end til we were both in tears."
"Listen to it every day since she left, can't stop," she added. "Happy birthday angel. I miss you."
An Inquest at Poplar Coroner's Court in London later ruled that Flack killed herself because she knew she would be prosecuted for assaulting Burton and was terrified of the publicity the court case would bring.
"Although (Flack's) general fluctuating (mental) state was a background and important in her death, I find the reason for her taking her life was she now knew she was being prosecuted for certainty, and she knew she would face the media, press, publicity — it would all come down upon her," coroner Mary Hassell said at the close of the two-day inquest. "To me, that's it in essence."
Narrated by her closest friends, the podcast includes a number of moments from Flack's life, remembering her as "playful, adventurous, deeply compassionate and very funny."
To celebrate sweet @carolineflack on her birthday, we have pulled together a podcast of stories about her, told by her closest friends. https://play.acast.com/s/inthepink/rememberingcarolineflack She made us all laugh so much, I hope this in turn makes you smile ❤️ Huge thanks to all the contributors, and to her family for giving this their blessing. We love you Flacky, and always will. No ads will appear in this podcast, instead we are giving a shout out to two charities chosen by Carrie’s family www.Samaritans.org and www.choose.love 🙏🏼 sending loads of love in these strange times ❤️ ....and if you do need support right now, remember you are never alone. @samaritanscharity are ready to take your call any time on 116 123 ❤️ #carolineflack #bekind
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"Flacky was so much fun," friend Natalie Pinkham says during the podcast's introduction. "Laughter just led to more laughter with her."
"There was never any judgement or snobbery with her," she adds. "If she liked you as a person, she just didn't care where you came from or what you did for a living. You always left her company feeling energized. Empowered. Happier."
Flack's manager Nathan Charles Smith also honored a less familiar side of Flack, sharing a behind-the-scenes Instagram post of her playing Roxie Hart in the West End staging of Chicago. After applying some lipgloss in her dressing room, Flack is seen walking down some steps carrying flowers and jokingly getting into character.
"An hour to go until the last show," she says in the clip. "Empty auditorium. Just me and my flowers. I don't know where anyone is. So we thought we'd come for a bit of a wander."
"This will be the last time I stand on this stage," she adds. "And it's really sad. But also really good. But also really sad."
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.