The former Love Island and Xtra Factor presenter was found dead yesterday at just 40 years old.
Many of Caroline Flack’s celebrity friends, including Olly Murs, Iain Stirling and Laura Whitmore, have taken to Instagram to share lengthy tributes to the former Love Island presenter in the wake of her untimely passing.
Flack, 40, was found dead in her London flat on Saturday 15th February. Her family’s lawyer has come forward saying that the star took her own life.
Heartfelt tributes to Flack have been pouring in on social media since the tragic news broke yesterday, with many of her closest celebrity friends, taking to Instagram to share lengthier, rawer posts with their followers and the world.
Caroline Flack’s former Xtra Factor host Olly Murs wrote:
“Caz… 💔😣 f*ck this hurts! My heart is forever broken.. I’ve lost something today that I’ll never ever get back.. and that’s you.
“From the first moment we met in Birmingham 2011 and had literally 10mins to say hello, get mic’d up and head out to work together on Xtra. We never stopped laughing, flirting (who can forget that), eating cheeseburger chasers, singing (which I always loved hearing), the arguments (which I never won), the disagreements on what jokes to say or what outfits you should wear, these are the moments I’ve always cherished but right now as I write this it’s hit me I won’t have them moments again.
“I haven’t stopped crying since the news, after we stopped working together in 2015 we didn’t see each other as much as we should have but we always spoke on the phone or messaged plus whenever I did see ya out and about, like a sister we’d just kiss and make up and was back being us every single time.
“I remember messaging you at your toughest time to let you know that I never read or listened to any of the crap people were saying about you, I was just worried about my friend.
“I always knew how fragile you were but I never ever thought this would be the last contact we would have. We always said we was friends for life and trust me you will be with me forever. My kids will know you, my grandkids will and then I’ll see you again, give you a huge hug, a huge kiss, get mic’d up and have you by my side again.
“This will hurt forever, love you cazza, Your Ols 💔🙏🏻😖.”
“This is just so utterly gut wrenchingly tragic. I can’t even find my words 💔 rest in peace Caroline.
“I wish we could just be kinder. I wish we could just be open minded to each other and I wish we could be more understanding and mindful of one another and what issues people may be struggling with beneath the surface. We’re all human!
My heart aches for her family and loved ones at this terrible time of pain. Sending love.”
Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness shared a screenshot of his last message to Flack, as well as these words:
“Such a shame. We’re all fragile and we all need an arm around the shoulder and some reassurance from time to time. Check in on your friends and family. Rest peacefully Caroline. #ripcarolineflack.”
Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore – who filled Flack’s shoes following her departure from the show – took to Twitter to saying:
“I’m trying to find the words but I can’t.”
She also shared this video of her and Flack dancing in a club with a caption:
“See you on the dance floor.”
The Greatest Dancer judge took to Instagram to call out the behaviour of those online, as well as the media industry, following Flack’s death. He shared the following tribute to his former Chicago castmate.
“What if the world slandered my name?” 3 minutes before tonight’s show I learned about the passing of one of the most genuine, down to earth and truly beautiful young women I have ever had the pleasure of sharing the stage with and calling a friend.
‘I haven’t been an angel on the internet myself so I’m taking this note as well. But WE HAVE GOT TO STOP CANCELING, BULLYING, HARASSING people on the internet. At what cost is it worth it to drag someone for doing what we were put on this earth to do…MAKE MISTAKES.
“Shame on us, Shame on the media, THEY are the ones we should be cancelling.
“I’m heart broken for this amazing human that she felt that she had nowhere to turn other than to take her own life and I’m making a personal vow to stand up for what I truly believe is right no matter what the cost, as THIS is the clear alternative.
“RIP My sweet Caroline! If you are someone who works in the media concocting stories to try to keep your job and meet your petty quota for the week. Reevaluate your moral and ethic compass.
“Look at this situation, imagine this being your friend, daughter, sister, loved one and think before you print. And to those of us receiving this bullshit media, think before you comment & repost, tag and threaten. This is no joke. This is not a game. Wake up world. WAKE THE F*CK UP and let’s spread love on the internet. Good night.”
Former TOWIE star Gemma Collins wrote:
“No words 😶 beyond sad 😢 you was so beautiful and so amazing RIP @carolineflack everyone needs to rethink social media it’s not a healthy place always 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔my thoughts are with her family and close friends TRAGIC 💔 this beautiful girl felt there was no way out, if anyone is feeling this way please reach out to someone anyone 💔 we must stop tearing people apart and support is very much needed💔 if you know anyone withdrawing or acting unusual reach out always let’s build people up not tare them down 💔 tighter control needs to be put on what is written I know from personal experience a lot gets written that just isn’t true or it’s twisted and it’s really upsetting to deal with for the individual and can have devastating effects.”
Former Love Island star Olivia Attwood wrote:
“There are no words that can explain what I’m feeling right now. Caroline was of the most extraordinary people I have ever met. Her smile and personality was infectious. She was loyal and kind, and looked after the islanders as if they were her own. I will never forget the way you held my hand from the moment I entered that villa. I am truly heartbroken 💔.”
Britain’s Got Talent judge posted a snap of herself with Flack, coupled with the following emotionally heated caption:
“Utterly devastated to hear of the sudden death of this funny bright beautiful young girl.My heart goes out to her family. For Caroline to feel that death was the only way out breaks my heart ….Anger doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel about her being thrown to the dogs like she was ..Why was she not shown the same level of consideration, protection ,warmth and importance as other artists in our industry who have struggled recently? There are criminal gaps in the differences. I am certain there is more to her story… I know the truth will out. May she rest in peace and those responsible for this lack of humanity be brave enough to admit their shame.”
Ex-Love Island star Molly Mae Hague wrote the following on Instagram:
“I’m utterly shocked and heartbroken. Caroline you were such a special woman. Your huge smile will stay with me forever… Rest in peace.”
Kelly Osbourne posted a gorgeous shot of Flack to her 2.1 million followers and wrote:
“Words are way more powerful than you think… never forget to tell your loved ones that you love them. What a special person @carolineflack was. She lit up every room because she shined so brightly. To say I’m saddened by her loss is simply not enough. It was an honor and a privilege to have known you and to call you my friend. 💜 I can’t even believe I’m writing this. 😢“
Love Island commentator and Flack’s friend, Iain Stirling cathartically wrote:
“Today my friend wandered into heaven. I bet it was in slow motion and sassy as f*ck. Love you x.”
The Masked Singer host Joel Dommett wrote:
“It’s so sad. I’m so sad.. I always loved hanging out. You made so many people happy. I wish you could see all the love on social media for you now.. I hate that it’s too late. XX.”
Please be kind to one another; to those you know, and to those you don’t. You never know who’s heart is breaking right in front of you.
RIP, Caroline. Sending all our love to Caroline’s friends and family at this painful time.
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