Caroline Flack: Newspapers react to 'Valentine tragedy' after presenter's death

The Sunday Mirror described her death as a 'Valentine tragedy'

Caroline Flack’s death has been described as a “Valentine tragedy” by the Sunday newspapers after she was found dead at her London home on Saturday.

The former presenter of hit ITV show Love Island was said to have been in a “vulnerable” state by her management, and her death prompted an outpouring of tributes from friends and colleagues.

Flack, 40, was being prosecuted for the alleged assault on boyfriend Lewis Burton prior to her death.

The Sunday Mirror reports that she had spent Friday apart from Burton, while other papers carried an image Flack posted on Instagram the day before her body was discovered.

The Daily Star Sunday and Sunday People also led with the presenter's death

The Daily Star Sunday reported that Burton had posted a supportive message to her on social media on Valentine's Day, just a day before her death.

The 27-year-old posted a photograph of the two of them together with a "Happy Valentine's" message on Instagram on Friday, saying: "I love you."


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Flack’s family confirmed that she died on Saturday, adding in a statement: “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.”

The tragedy also puts the spotlight back on the pressures which come with TV celebrity.

The Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times front pages also carried tributes
The Mail on Sunday and Independent led with stories on Kate Middleton and Brexit

Flack is the fourth person linked to ITV2 dating programme Love Island to have killed themselves.

Flack’s other TV presenting roles have included Gladiators, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, NOW!, The X Factor and The Xtra Factor.

She won Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 with professional dancer Pasha Kovalev.

The following year she joined the Love Island revival on ITV2.

She hosted the first five series of the popular programme – one of the most-watched reality shows in the UK in recent years and won a TV Bafta in 2018 – as well as its spin-off programme Aftersun.