ITV is under pressure to cancel Love Island after its previous host, presenter Caroline Flack, was found dead in her London flat yesterday.
According to her family’s lawyer, Flack took her own life.
News of the 40-year-old presenter’s death hit news sites and social media early Saturday evening, sending shockwaves across the entertainment industry.
Since news of Flack’s tragic death broke, fans have been calling on ITV bosses to bin the show once and for all, with many social media users blaming the show for her untimely death.
Flack is now the third high-profile name linked to the hit ITV reality show – which is currently filming a winter edition out in South Africa – to have committed suicide. Two former Love Island contestants – Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis – have also sadly taken their own lives in the last two years, following appearances on the show which led to high-profile media careers.
One Twitter user wrote:
“3 deaths on your hands now.”
“You should pull the plug on this series out of respect. The show will look and feel ridiculous and insensitive. Really puts everything into perspective. Be kind people.”
Another user wrote:
“The multiple suicides, mental health issues, dysfunctional views of sexuality, horrific media narratives & behaviour, celebration and elevation of young adults who are selling a message of incredibly bad body image…isn’t it time we cancel #loveisland once and for all?”
One user addressed ITV directly in his heated tweet condemning the show:
“If you care you will cancel the remainder of the series and donate the prize money to suicide charity. the fact you didn’t take action after the first suicide and possibly prevent the following 2 is horrific and disgusting Rip to those angels. #LoveIsland.”
Saturday night’s regular highlights episode of Love Island was pulled last minute as news of Caroline’s death broke in the early evening.
ITV released the following statement, which they shared on Love Island’s official Instagram page, last night:
“Everybody at Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news. Caroline was a much-loved member of then Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends.”
The former Love Island presenter was due to stand trial next month for allegedly assaulting boyfriend Lewis Burton last year.
Flack pleaded not guilty and was out on bail, under the condition that she ceased contact with Burton for the duration of the trial.
After news of her trial became front page news, Flack stepped down as host of Love Island, and was replaced by her friend Laura Whitmore.
If you are feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email email@example.com if you’re in the UK.
In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK.
For those experiencing suicidal thoughts, the NHS has compiled the following help page.
Our thoughts go out to Lewis and Caroline’s family at this tremendously difficult time.
Images via Instagram, Getty and ITV
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