‘Has to be repercussions for Love Island now surely’: Eamonn Holmes leads angry stars calling out the ITV show after former presenter Caroline Flack is found dead in her flat age 40
- Family has been informed and in a statement tonight said: ‘We can confirm that our Caroline passed away’
- Tonight’s tragic news marks the third death of stars connected with the ITV2 dating show Love Island
- An ITV spokesperson said: ‘Everybody at Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news.
- ‘Caroline was a much loved member of the Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends’
- If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org
Celebrities are calling out ITV and Love Island following the death of former presenter Caroline Flack on Saturday.
Her death is the third suicide related to the show following that of Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon who both took their own lives after appearing on the show. .
Among them was This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes who has called out the ITV show which Caroline was most famous for presenting.
Tributes: Celebrities are paying tribute to Caroline Flack after the TV presenter is found dead in her flat on Saturday aged 40
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Caroline Flack …. Dear God. Shocked beyond belief. May she have found peace. #Rip Has to be repercussions for Love Island now surely ?’
Caroline has presented on Love Island for five seasons but stepped down for the current sixth season due to an assault charge.
Other celebrities have paid tribute to the much loved star on Twitter and Instagram. However amongst the tributes are stars questioning how the show can go on in the face of such tragedies.
So sad: Among them was This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes who has called out the ITV show which Caroline was most famous for presenting
Heartbreaking: He wrote on Twitter: ‘Caroline Flack …. Dear God. Shocked beyond belief. May she have found peace. #Rip Has to be repercussions for Love Island now surely ?’
This comes after singer Boy George has slammed the Crown Prosecution Service for charging Flack with assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.
The Culture Club lead singer tweeted: ‘I hope all of you who attacked Caroline Flack even when her partner said he wanted no charges feel some sorrow today. This did not need to happen.
‘This is devastating news! And yes, I hope the @cpsuk feel even deeper sorrow.’
Actress Sheridan Smith shared on Twitter: ‘When will things change? How many more? heartbreaking’
Big Brother star Rebecca Jane penned: ‘Genuinely I can’t get my head around the double standards.. #jeremykyle – 1 person in 15 years dies by suicide.. there’s an ENDLESS stream of venom from the press, public outrage & it’s taken off air #loveisland- 2 people die by suicide in a year… and that’s perfectly fine..’
Carrie Hope Fletcher shared a message against trolling: ‘Be kind to each other. Stop the trolling. Stop the online abuse, the hate, the death threats. Just…stop. Life’s short enough as it is. Don’t contribute to someone else’s life being even shorter. R.I.P Caroline Flack’
Rebeckah Vaughan shared: ‘1 show. 3 deaths. This must stop. I’ve been on the wrong side of the effects of reality TV and people don’t understand how it can make you want to die. Please pay attention, we can stop this! Rest in peace Caroline Flack xx’
Love Island has been a massive money spinner and a ratings hit with Flack as the host.
But it was already under intense scrutiny following the suicides of former contestants Sophie Gradon, 32, and Mike Thalassitis, 26, with some criticising the show’s aftercare policies.
The latest tragedy will lead to more pressure on ITV to rethink the show’s future and there was immediate speculation about what Flack’s death will mean for the series.
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org
Devastating: A family statement read: ‘We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February. We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.’