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Tonight's Love Island Episode Has Been Cancelled Following Caroline Flack's Death

Tonight's Love Island Episode Has Been Cancelled Following Caroline Flack's Death

ITV has confirmed that Love Island will not be on this evening following the death of Caroline Flack.

A spokesperson for the channel said: "Many people at ITV knew Caroline well and held her in great affection. All of us are absolutely devastated at this tragic news.

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"After careful consultation between Caroline's representatives and the Love Island production team and given how close we still are to the news of Caroline's tragic death we have decided not to broadcast tonight's Love Island out of respect for Caroline's family.

"Love Island will return tomorrow night which will include a tribute to Caroline who will be forever in our hearts."

The statement has been issued hours after Laura Whitmore spoke on her BBC Radio Five Live show and broke down in tears as she spoke of her friend while urging 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.

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"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."

Caroline Flack in 2019. Credit: PA
Caroline Flack in 2019. Credit: PA

She continued: "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 40-year-old Caroline 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.

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Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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