Caroline Flack, the former host of Love Island UK, has died at the age of 40.
“We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th February,” her family said in a statement, according to BBC News. “We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time and we would ask they make no attempt to contact us and/or photograph us.”
Following news of her death, several former Love Island contestants started sharing touching tributes on social media.
“I’m utterly shocked and heartbroken. Caroline you were such a special woman. Your huge smile will stay with me forever… Rest in peace,” Molly-Mae Hague captioned a photo posted to Instagram.
“Caroline Flack you supported me always, you were so kind to me & my family, I will never forget that. I spoke to you, and gave my support during the recent media intrusion. The media & trolls are killing people. Please THINK before you speak,” Zara Holland tweeted.
“Words can’t sum this up,” Chris Hughes wrote. “So sad. Another amazing person taking from this cruel world. When will people and and press release celebrities are humans, with the same feelings everyone else has. Can’t believe to imagine the pain. God bless Caroline and her family. Rest tight.”
“So so shocked at this news, rest in perfect peace Caroline Flack,” Leanne Amaning added.
“This is horrendous,” Dom Lever tweeted.
Laura Whitmore, who recently replaced Flack as the host of Love Island, tweeted a photo with the caption, “I’m trying to find the words but I can’t.”
See more tributes and reactions, below:
In December, Flack was arrested over allegations that she assaulted her boyfriend, tennis player Lewis Burton, during an incident at her London home. She later stepped down from her role as Love Island host and was replaced by Whitmore. Flack pleaded not guilty and was due to appear in court on March 4.
“Been advised not to go on social media,” she wrote on Instagram that month. “But I wanted to say happy Christmas to everyone who has been so incredibly kind to me this year….. this kind of scrutiny and speculation is a lot to take on for one person to take on their own… I’m a human being at the end of the day and I’m not going to be silenced when I have a story to tell and a life to keep going with …. I’m taking some time out to get feeling better and learn some lessons from situations I’ve got myself into to. I have nothing but love to give and best wishes for everyone.”
She returned to social media on Friday, February 14 to post a series of photos with her dog, with she simply captioned, “❤️.”
Our thoughts are with Caroline Flack’s loved ones during this difficult time.