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Caroline Flack’s Death Ruled Suicide as Unpublished Instagram Post Surfaces

Variety — Ben Croll

U.K. coroners have labeled former “Love Island” host Caroline Flack’s death a suicide. The TV presenter was 40 years old.

Flack, who left the show in December and was due to stand trial on assault charges in March, was found unresponsive at her London home on Saturday.

Though no official cause of death was given at the time, today the U.K. coroner listed the cause as suicide by hanging.

At an inquest into Flack’s death on Wednesday, the coroner’s court was told that Flack was found lying on her back and was pronounced dead on the scene. The inquest was then adjourned until August.

Earlier on Wednesday, Flack’s family released an unpublished Instagram post Flack had written shortly before her passing.

In the post, she wrote that her “whole world and future was swept from under my feet.” Referencing her assault charges, Flack wrote that she “took responsibility for what happened that night,” but that she “was NOT a domestic abuser.”

“Love Island” was back on air Monday for the first time since the death of former host Caroline Flack on Feb. 15. Amid the reality series’ return, broadcaster ITV insists it supported the star after she was removed from the show.

Monday night’s episode began somberly with narrator Iain Stirling providing voiceover over scenes of crashing waves and South Africa’s coastline.

“We are all absolutely devastated by the tragic news that Caroline, a much loved member of our ‘Love Island’ family, has passed away,” said Stirling, who is never seen on the show. “Caroline and me were together from the very start of ‘Love Island,’ and her passion, warm and enthusiasm connected with millions of viewers.

He continued, “Right now, we are all just trying to come to terms with what happened. I hope we can all be kinder, always show love and listen to one another. Caroline, I want to thank you for all the fun times we had making our favourite show. You were a true friend to me.”

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