Caroline Flack’s pals Olly Murs and Laura Whitmore pay tribute to a ‘loyal friend’ on what would have been her birthday


CAROLINE Flack’s pals have come together on social media today to pay tribute to the late star on what would have been her 41st birthday.

The Love Island presenter took her own life in February of this year, aged 40.

Caroline Flack’s pals have come together on social media today to pay tribute to the late star on what would have been her 41st birthday

Close friend and former Xtra Factor co-host Olly Murs lead the tributes as he shared a gushing post on Instagram about Caroline.

The 36-year-old remembered his pal and her “infectious laugh” alongside a selfie taken during their X Factor presenting days of them pulling funny faces.

He penned: “Happy birthday cazza!

“I do wonder most days what tik tok dance id see you doing, what Disney song you’d be singing too or what random what’s app message I’d get from ya but instead I sit here remembering the memories we shared, and that infectious laugh you had x miss ya 😢❤”.

Her friend Dawn O’Porter shared a touching tribute about her ‘funny funny loyal friend’

Olly Murs posted a heartfelt post to the late star

Presenter Laura Whitmore too took to Instagram to pay tribute to the late star with a throwback clip of them dancing at an event.

“Happy birthday Flackers, imagine you’re having a boogie somewhere, always the life of the party”, she captioned the video.

Laura’s other half Iain Stirling shared a photo with Caroline on his Instagram Story and wrote, “Happy birthday mate x”.

The comedian became close friends with the star while working on ITV2’s Love Island.

Laura Whitmore took to her Instagram Story to upload a clip of them dancing together

Comedian Iain Stirling shared a shot of them together in happier times

Caroline’s pal and author Dawn O’Porter penned a heartfelt post to the late TV star alongside a glowing shot of her.

Dawn, who is married to Chris O’Dowd, reflected on life following the Strictly winner’s death and how much she missed her “funny funny loyal friend”.

“There is not an hour of any day that I am not thinking about Caroline,” she began. “It’s 1.15am here. A dream just woke me up.

“I love my Caroline dreams, they feel like visits. She’s always so happy in them.

Lou Teasdale shared a series of shots of them throughout the years

The hair stylist’s photos were sure to touch her followers

“Sometimes I sit on the sofa that she’s on in this photo and shut my eyes and imagine her DNA seeping through my skin and becoming a part of mine.

“So silly the things you find yourself doing when you lose someone you adore,” she continued.

“Happy birthday my funny funny loyal friend, the only thing that makes this easier is knowing how lucky I was to have you at all. Sending love to everyone who loved her too ❤ “.

Former glamour model Nicola McLean, 39, shared a stunning image of Caroline clad in red silk dress while holding a white rose and wrote, “Happy Heavenly Birthday Caroline” (sic).

Louise Redknapp posted about Caroline and said how much she missed her

Dermot O’Leary’s wife Dee shared a throwback photo of them together

Caroline close friend Lou Teasdale also shared several photos of them together throughout the years and simply penned across one, “Happy birthday up there” and “love you” across another.

Last month, Caroline’s mum Christine opened up about her heartbreaking struggle to remind her daughter she had a “fabulous career” before her tragic death.

Speaking to ITV Anglia, Christine said at the time: “We tried to talk to her and say you’ve got this fabulous career and you’ve got a nice home.

“But actually, that doesn’t matter, because that isn’t how they feel. I think when someone is in that place, what we say isn’t being heard.

Caroline's life will be explored in a new documentary

The star took her own life in February of this year, aged 40

“She was always frightened that the public would find out that she was vulnerable and she had these dark feelings.”

Christine added: “I used to sit with Caroline and watch television, the same as everybody else, and I would say, ‘Oh I don’t like them’.

“And she’d say: ‘Mum, you don’t even know them.’ It made me stop and think, no I don’t.

“We judge people and we don’t know them. We don’t know what they’re going through.”

Caroline with her mum Christine

Caroline with her mum Christine

Last week, it was announced that Caroline’s loved ones are filming a “moving” documentary about the tragic star’s life as a “personal tribute”.

The TV film has been commissioned by Channel 4, and will explore Caroline’s public and personal life as told by those closest to her.

Although there has not been an air date released for the documentary, respected director Charlie Russell is at its helm – and the channel’s commissioning editors have shared details of what fans can expect.

Becky Cadman explained: “This film is about and for Caroline.

“A sister, daughter, friend and one of the most successful TV presenters in the country. She openly and honestly shared her struggles with fame and how it impacted her mental health.

“A rollercoaster life told through the memories of the people who knew her best, Caroline’s family and friends, we hope this will be a fitting tribute to her.”

Channel 4 Commissioning Editor Lee McMurray added: “We hope this project will be a testament to Caroline’s character, work and legacy, and we’re deeply grateful to her family and friends for their involvement.”