‘Bullied’ Love Island star Caroline Flack ‘hanged herself after learning she would stand trial for hitting her boyfriend,’ court hears
An inquest in London has determined that the death of Caroline Flack, the star host of “Love Island,” the phenomenally popular British reality TV show, was a suicide, the Mirror reports.Caroline Flack, 40, a beloved and talented TV host, was found to have committed suicide by hanging herself in her London home the day after Valentine’s Day. On February 14 she had learned that she would be put on trial in March for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, during a tumultuous break-up incident in December. On Thursday, the inquest into what was determined to be the fallen-star suicide death of Caroline Flack moved into its second day.
By day’s end, the inquest into Caroline Flack’s death resolved that the star died by suicide.Senior Coroner Mary Hassell said to the court, “The key decision for me to make is whether Caroline took her own life.”She continued: “I have to be satisfied she acted in a way so as to cause her death, and secondly that she intended to cause her death … Caroline had fluctuating mental ill health, she had had struggles in the past.“She had had difficulties. In spite of the fact she may have led – to some extent – a charmed life, actually the more famous she got the more some of these difficulties increased – she had to deal with the media in a way most of us don’t.
“It was played out in the national press – and that was incredibly difficult for her.She faced the prospect of not working in the job she loved, losing a great deal.”The Sun reported that Caroline Flack’s mother said that the two of them had spent the weekend together just before the star committed suicide.Caroline’s mother was adamant that the police had pushed for her daughter to be tried over the assault charges in order to have a “show trial” of a celebrity, and that Caroline killed herself because of stress from the prospect of the trial. During the inquest, Christine Flack went so far as to accuse the police of killing Caroline.
In a devastating recollection of her last moments with Caroline Flack before the star ultimately committed suicide, her mother said: “I kissed her and she said, ‘Bye mum’. She asked if all the family would go with her to court and we said, ‘Of course.
Caroline Flack’s mother then recalled hearing the crushing news that the star had died of what was not yet determined to be a suicide. “I was then called on Saturday lunchtime to say Carrie had died,” she said. I believe she was heartbroken. I know nothing will bring her back, but I do want people to know what a lovely, kind, generous person she was. She never spoke badly of anyone and was totally loyal.”According to the Independent, friends of the TV host, who had a history of depression, reported that the night before Caroline died, she had taken a nonfatal overdose of pills.
Tony Rumore, a paramedic who was on the scene following the overdose, reported to the court on Wednesday: “We asked Caroline if her intention was to harm or kill herself. She said it was merely an attempt to sleep and escape from the stresses she was under.”
Concerned about the TV star, Caroline Flack’s friends then stayed the night with her on Valentine’s Day. But they left in the morning when she became upset with them that they’d called an ambulance. And so Caroline was alone when she finally committed suicide by hanging that day.
The assault allegations, and subsequent negative publicity, had led Caroline to resign from her job hosting “Love Island.” She had also suffered from bullying and trolling from fans of the hugely popular reality show.
People magazine’s reporting on the TV star notes that Caroline Flack penned a note indicating that she wished to “find harmony” with Lewis Burton, writing it just before she committed suicide.