Love Island returns with Iain Stirlings emotional tribute to warm and passionate Caroline Flack after tragic death


LOVE Island returned tonight with an emotional tribute to Caroline Flack from her friend Iain Stirling after her tragic death.

Devastated narrator Iain fought back tears as he described the late star as a “true friend” and said he was going to miss her.

Love Island returned tonight with an emotional tribute to Caroline Flack

Spoken over footage of the ocean, Iain said: “We are all devastated that Caroline, a much loved member of our Love Island family, has passed away.

“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this dreadful time.

“Caroline and me were together from the very start of Love Island. Her passion, warmth and infectious enthusiasm are a crucial part of what made the show connect with millions of viewers.

“Like many of you, we’re still trying to come to terms with what’s happened. My only hope is that we can try and be kinder, always show love and listen to one another.

“Caroline, I want to thank you for all the fun times making our favourite show. You were a true friend to me. Im gonna miss you Caz.”

Iain Stirling remembered Caroline’s warm and enthusiastic personality

Caroline was found dead after taking her own life at her flat in Stoke Newington, North East London, on Saturday.

An ambulance had been called to her home at 10.30pm the previous night following a concern for welfare report but crews assessed she did not need hospital treatment.

Friend Lou Teasdale, 36, had stayed with her overnight before leaving to go to the shops at around 9.30am. Caroline’s body was found a short time later.

Pals say the 40-year-old had been tormented as she faced an assault trial after allegedly attacking boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, at her then home in December last year.

A police van was pictured outside Caroline's London home

Police remained outside Caroline’s London home over the weekend

The Love Island star had learned the Crown Prosecution Service was set to press ahead with her trial the day before her death.

Caroline strongly denied the charge and her management team has slammed the CPS for pursuing the case despite Lewis saying he didn’t support the prosecution.

She and Lewis had pleaded with authorities for it to be dropped given her vulnerable mental state.

A court heard last year that Caroline was accused of hitting Lewis, 27, around the head with a lamp before flipping over a table after officers arrived.

Magistrates were also told how police bodycam footage had captured Caroline in the moments after the incident.

A friend said: “Caroline was terrified the footage of her distressed and covered in blood would be shown to the world in court.”

Dr Charlotte Proudman, a human rights barrister who specialises in cases involving violence against women and girls, said the CPS had been wrongly trying to make an example of the star.

She said: “This smacks of a show trial.

“It feels like it was nothing more than an attempt by the CPS to show how rigorously it pursues domestic abuse cases, especially one involving a male complainant.

“Im baffled as to why the CPS were so determined to continue with this case.

“There were clear mental health issues at the heart of this case and her vulnerability, both at the time of the incident and afterwards were well known.”

The Instagram story shared a series of videos of Caroline during happier times

One clip showed Caroline laughing and dancing on holiday

Mollie also revealed she is now looking after Caroline’s pet dog Ruby

The Insta story shared a host of touching personal snaps

Caroline was also pictured laughing as she attempted an indoor climbing wall earlier this month

Caroline was due to stand trial at Highbury magistrates court on March 4 charged with common assault after the December 12 incident in Islington, North London.

At a previous hearing, the court heard that while under caution Caroline told police she would kill herself and that she said: “I did it.”

Magistrates heard how Lewis had dialled 999 and told the operator: “Shes trying to kill me, mate.”

Lewis later stood by Caroline, despite being banned from contacting her.

He posted after the December 23 hearing: What I witnessed today was horrible. She did not hit me with a lamp. Gutted I am not allowed to protect her right now.

Caroline had made no secret of her mental health struggles since her first court appearance in December.

She had also spoken publicly and bravely about her long-standing issues.

In an Instagram post on October 14, she wrote: I wanted to write something about mental health day last week but I was knee deep in work.

“And some days its hard to write your feelings or your not in the right place.

The last few weeks Ive been in a really weird place…I find it hard to talk about it…I guess its anxiety and pressure of life…and when I actually reached out to someone they said I was draining.

“I feel like this is why some people keep their emotions to themselves.

“I certainly hate talking about my feelings. And being a burden is my biggest fear.”

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Police were so concerned about Caroline's self-inflicted deep wounds that she was taken to hospital for urgent treatment

Police were called to Caroline’s flat to an alleged assault last December

Caroline had admitted that being a burden was her biggest fear

The Love Island star was facing a court trial next month

Caroline spoke out about the ‘anxiety and pressure of life’

The presenter became synonymous with hit ITV2 show Love Island