Tragic TV star Caroline Flack left a note when she took her own life saying she wanted to “find harmony” with her boyfriend Lewis Burton, an inquest heard today.
An inquest at Poplar coroner’s court heard this morning a paramedic called to her home when she had been found unconscious saw a note, lying on top of an open magazine, which read: “I hope me and Lewis can one day find harmony”.
The hearing was told Ms Flack’s sister, Jody, had made desperate attempts to save her when the TV star was discovered unconscious at home.
Jody Flack raised the alarm when she could not get hold of her sister on February 15, calling her friend Louise Teasdale who rushed with her father Stephen to help.
“My daughter Louise Teasdale started getting phone calls from Jody Flack, say she was at Caroline’s flat and Caroline wasn’t opening the door”, he said in a witness statement.
“Louise and I came to the flat and tried to force entry, I used my shoulder a few times and then my feet but the door refused to budge.”
Mr Teasdale said they went to get a spare key from the landlady, and he was the one who found Ms Flack unconscious in the home, having apparently hanged herself.
“Jody started CPR and then we switched”, he said. “I did chest compressions and Jody did mouth to mouth.”
He said they made life saving efforts for around ten minutes before police arrived and took over.
Ms Flack was awaiting trial at the time of her death, and had denied assaulting Mr Burton as he slept on December 12 last year.
When the inquest was opened in February, her family shared an unpublished Instagram message written by Flack which said the incident with Mr Burton was an “accident”.
"I am NOT a domestic abuser. We had an argument and an accident happened", she wrote.
"The reason I am talking today is because my family can't take anymore. I've lost my job. My home. My ability to speak. And the truth has been taken out of my hands and used as entertainment.
"I can't spend every day hidden away being told not to say or speak to anyone.
"I'm so sorry to my family for what I have brought upon them and for what my friends have had to go through.
"I'm not thinking about 'how I'm going to get my career back.' I'm thinking about how I'm going to get mine and my family's life back. I can't say any more than that."
Ms Flack stood down as Love Island host while awaiting her trial, and said in the Instagram post: “Within 24 hours my whole world and future was swept from under my feet.”
The star’s mother Chris and sister Jody are following today’s inquest via videolink, with representatives from the Met Police, CPS, and London Ambulance Service also dialling in remotely.
Shortly before her death, Ms Flack had learned that the criminal trial was going ahead and a CPS had concluded the case would not be dropped.
London Ambulance Service paramedics were also called to Ms Flack’s home on Valentine’s Day evening, the day before she died, but did not take her to hospital following a “clinical assessment”.
The inquest in front of Senior Coroner Mary Hassell continues and is expected to last two days.