Caroline’s family released a statement that read, “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February. We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.”
Love Island alums shared their condolences on social media including last year’s winner Amber Gill who wrote on her Instagram story, “I will never forget how comfortable and safe you made me feel in one of my lows of 2019. I have no words. The way this woman looked after me when she didn’t have to.” She added, “A beautiful soul. Sending love to her close friends, family, and everyone. She was more than just a presenter, she was my friend in a time of need. Thank you.
Season five contestant Danny Williams also wrote on his Instagram story, “I simply do not want to believe what I’m reading. Rest in peace, Caroline flack. Gone way too soon.”
Anna Vakali, who competed alongside Danny, came to the defense of Amber after internet trolls began spreading rumors and controversy. “When I came out the villa and was upset about the trolls, she hugged me and said I will be okay. She even defended me when this person said I’m nasty. It’s tweets and messages like these that hurt,” the reality star wrote on her Instagram Story.
Caroline began hosting Love Island in 2015 and its spinoff of show Love Island: Aftersun in 2017. The star stepped down from her hosting gig in late 2019 after allegations of assault towards her boyfriend and tennis player Lewis Burton. She was later replaced by Laura Witmore. According to The Sun, Caroline was expected to appear in court in March 2020 on charges of assaulting Lewis, 27.
Prior to dating Lewis, Caroline dated Prince Harry after being introduced by mutual friends, according to Cosmopolitan. Caroline told the media outlet that they had to call off their romance when word of their relationship got back to the press.
Caroline wrote in her memoir Storm in a C Cup, “To meet a prince is so unlikely, it would be weird not to acknowledge it. However, once the story got out, that was it. We had to stop seeing each other. I was no longer Caroline Flack, TV presenter, I was Caroline Flack, Prince Harry’s bit of rough.”