ITV and Love Island stars lead tributes to Caroline Flack to mark first anniversary of her death

Caroline Flack
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Caroline Flack has been remembered by friends and fans of the ITV show Love Island on the first anniversary since her death.

Love Island host Caroline, 40, tragically died at her flat in north London on 15 February 2020, just weeks before she was due to go on trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.

She took her own life after learning the hearing would definitely go ahead, and fearing the publicity that would come with it, a coroner concluded at her inquest.

The former Love Island host is to be "always in the hearts" of her ITV colleagues, tribute from the broadcaster read along with a photograph of the late TV star.

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Caroline's words 'Be Kind' which she posted in the days leading to her death started trending on social media as fans paid tribute to the presenter with many close friends having shared messages and photos as they remember the star a year on from her death.

Friend and Love Island colleague Iain Sterling, who is expecting his first child with girlfriend Laura Whitmore, wrote, 'To my friend Caroline, thinking of you today. Miss you mate x' 

Singer Pixie Lott, who competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 alongside Caroline - who went on to win the series that year - shared a photo and wrote, 'Love you forever and ever, beautiful tiny dancer. #bekind Caza always was to me and I still can't believe this happened.'

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Close friend and TV chef Gizzi Erskine tribute included these heartfelt words, 'I miss her so much. There's still so much unfinished business that I'll never lay to rest and most of all I really need her right now. Love you little button x power to her family and friends for this next bit.'

Meanwhile, Lewis Burton, who did not support the prosecution of the star, shared a photo and captioned it, "I'll never forget you."

TFL's All on the Board even made a special tribute to Caroline with a sweet poem.

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During the inquest into Caroline's death, the star's mother Christine told the court her daughter "was not an abuser" and accused the police and prosecutors of having it "in for" her due to her "celebrity status".

After the hearing, Mrs Flack paid tribute to a "beautiful, fun, opinionated, kind, loyal" woman who was "full of confidence", but also "full of fears".

Caroline left behind her twin sister Jody, elder brother Paul, elder sister Elizabeth, and her parents Ian and Christine.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life with more than 16 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.