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Laura Whitmore has spoken out about the death of Caroline Flack.
Speaking during her Radio Five Live show earlier today, the 34-year-old broke down in tears as she talked about her friend.
Whitmore, who took over from the 40-year-old as the host of ITV reality dating show Love Island, urged people to be more mindful of the things they say.
She said: "Be kind, only you are responsible for how you treat others and what you put out in the world.
"I've had messages and been harassed for doing my job, and this is where the problem is. And I want to use my platform, this platform, to call people out, because it's gone too far.
"Your words affect people. To paparazzi and tabloids looking for a cheap sell, to trolls hiding behind a keyboard, enough.
"I'd like to thank BBC and ITV for the support that I've had and those who supported my decision to come in today, as I felt it was the right thing to do.
"Thank you to my boyfriend, the kindest man I know, and to the whole Love Island family who are in mourning of their colleague and friend and have been a great support over the last few hours. I love you.
"To everyone, be kind in what you say. I'm going to carry on and get through this show, as that's what Caroline would say to do.
"Caroline, I am so sad for you and your family. I am angry that you saw this as your only option, as I know how much love and support you had, I'm sorry you didn't know that."
Adding: "I am not sure when but I know I'll see you on the dance floor again. And I hope you are at peace and know that you are loved."
Whitmore's powerful comments come after the tragic news broke yesterday (15 February) that Ms Flack had been found dead at her East London flat.
In a statement, Ms Flack's family said: "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."
A lawyer for the Flack family said the television presenter had taken her own life.
A spokesperson for ITV shared their condolences to the family and friends of the 40-year-old.
The statement read: "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."
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