Former UK TV presenter Caroline Flack Commits Suicide at age 40

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Former ‘Love Island’ host was facing Domestic Assault trial

London (CNN)

Tributes have been paid to British television presenter Caroline Flack after her family confirmed her death Saturday.

Flack, 40, the former host of the hit British reality show “Love Island, died by suicide and her body was found in her east London flat Saturday, a lawyer for the family told PA Media.
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“We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February,” the family’s statement said. “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.”
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Flack hosted the series from its inception in 2015 until last December, when she was charged with assault after an incident at her home. She pleaded not guilty to assaulting her 27-year-old boyfriend, Lewis Burton. She was out on bail awaiting trial scheduled for March, and was replaced as host of “Love Island” a few days after her arrest.
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At the time, she said that the show had been her “world” for the previous five years, adding: “It’s the best show on telly.”
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On Sunday, new Love Island host Laura Whitmore payed tribute to Flack during her BBC radio show, calling her “vivacious” and “loving,” while criticizing paparazzi and tabloid media.
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