Caroline Flack's friend and family honour the late star on her 42nd birthday


Caroline Flack’s closest friends paid tribute to the late presenter on what would have been her 42nd birthday on Tuesday. 

Taking to Instagram, a host of stars including Keith Lemon, Dawn O’Porter and Lou Teasdale honoured their late friend, who died by suicide in February last year. 

The presenter was found dead on February 15, aged 40, the day after hearing the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial for allegedly attacking her model and former tennis player boyfriend Lewis Burton in December 2019.

Heartache: Caroline Flack's closest friends paid tribute to the late presenter on what would have been her 42nd birthday on Tuesday (Keith Lemon's tribute to the star, pictured)

Heartache: Caroline Flack’s closest friends paid tribute to the late presenter on what would have been her 42nd birthday on Tuesday (Keith Lemon’s tribute to the star, pictured)

Caroline’s friends, fans, family and the TV community was shaken to its core when news of her suicide was revealed amid spiralling mental health problems. 

Caring friend, Lou, had been taking care of Caroline and had popped out to the shops when the star had taken her life shortly after she left the property. When she could not regain access to her home, she called her dad who found her.

Friends and family often share tributes to the star, with the latest slew of messages sent on Tuesday 9 November – Caroline and her twin Jodie’s 42nd birthdays.  

Caroline’s pal Dawn O’Porter shared a throwback of Caroline frolicking in front of the camera while wearing a dress from Dawn’s 2015 BOB clothing line.

Playful: Taking to Instagram, a host of stars including Keith Lemon, Dawn O’Porter and Lou Teasdale honoured their late friend, who died by suicide in February last year (Dawn O'Porter's tribute, pictured)

Playful: Taking to Instagram, a host of stars including Keith Lemon, Dawn O’Porter and Lou Teasdale honoured their late friend, who died by suicide in February last year (Dawn O’Porter’s tribute, pictured)

Way back when: Caroline's pal Dawn O'Porter shared a throwback to the 2015 launch of the pop-up store for her BOB clothing, in which Caroline frolicked in front of the camera

Way back when: Caroline’s pal Dawn O’Porter shared a throwback to the 2015 launch of the pop-up store for her BOB clothing, in which Caroline frolicked in front of the camera

She added a caption reading: ‘Happy birthday you plum’. 

The Love Island star was wearing a dress designed by Dawn and named The Flack in her honour while throwing her arms in the air in delight. 

Keith Lemon meanwhile simply penned: ‘Appy birfday Flack! Miss you x’, alongside a stunning illustration of the late star alongside the words Be Kind. 

A number of stars including Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen, Kerry Katona, Alan Carr and Dave Berry took to the comment section to pay tribute with heart emojis. 

Lou shared a carousel of images showing her with the star, alongside a caption reading: ‘Happy birthday beautiful, I miss you every day’. 

Pained: Lou shared a carousel of images showing her with the star, alongside a caption reading: 'Happy birthday beautiful, I miss you every day'

Pained: Lou shared a carousel of images showing her with the star, alongside a caption reading: ‘Happy birthday beautiful, I miss you every day’

Shock: Caring friend, Lou, had been taking care of Caroline and had popped out to the shops when the star had taken her life shortly after she left the property. When she could not regain access to her home, she called her dad who found her

Shock: Caring friend, Lou, had been taking care of Caroline and had popped out to the shops when the star had taken her life shortly after she left the property. When she could not regain access to her home, she called her dad who found her

Reaching out: Friends and family often share tributes to the star, with the latest slew of messages sent on Tuesday 9 November - Caroline and her twin Jodie's 42nd birthdays

Reaching out: Friends and family often share tributes to the star, with the latest slew of messages sent on Tuesday 9 November – Caroline and her twin Jodie’s 42nd birthdays

Glam: Caroline and Lou pictured in 2014

Glam: Caroline and Lou pictured in 2014

On her Instagram stories, she then shared a picture from six years ago showing the duo in a waterfall in fits of giggles, while an image from seven years ago saw the pair turning over their shoulders and pouting for the camera.  

A heartbreaking shot saw Caroline and Lou sitting on the floor with the latter’s now 10-year-old daughter Lux, with the trio beaming at the camera. 

Caroline’s death was ruled suicide in an inquest in August last year, with coroner Mary Hassell, saying: ‘The key decision for me to make is whether Caroline took her own life…

Shock: Caroline was also the subject of a tribute from Keith - real name Leigh Francis

Shock: Caroline was also the subject of a tribute from Keith – real name Leigh Francis

All love: A number of stars including Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen, Kerry Katona, Alan Carr and Dave Berry took to the comment section to pay tribute with heart emojis

All love: A number of stars including Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen, Kerry Katona, Alan Carr and Dave Berry took to the comment section to pay tribute with heart emojis

‘I have to be satisfied she acted in a way so as to cause her death, and secondly that she intended to cause her death.

‘In Caroline’s case I am entirely satisfied she intended to cause her own death. She hanged herself. She had only one expectation – her own death. There’s no doubt in my mind at all.’

The coroner said Flack had experienced ‘fluctuating ill health’ and was ‘distressed’ at the thought of facing a trial.

Reaching out: Olly Murs shared a throwback video of the pair singing with the caption: 'Wish I had the full video of this makes me smile every time ☺️ love how much you loved singing more than me! ��❤️ think of ya everyday happy birthday caz!'

Reaching out: Olly Murs shared a throwback video of the pair singing with the caption: ‘Wish I had the full video of this makes me smile every time ☺️ love how much you loved singing more than me! ��❤️ think of ya everyday happy birthday caz!’

Sweet: Lou's tribute showed her and Caroline on holiday together

Sweet: Lou’s tribute showed her and Caroline on holiday together

She said: ‘Caroline had fluctuating mental ill health, she had had struggles in the past. She had had difficulties…

‘In spite of the fact she may have led – to some – a charmed life, actually the more famous she got the more some of these difficulties increased – she had to deal with the media in a way most of us don’t…

‘It was played out in the national press – and that was incredibly difficult for her. She faced the prospect of not working in the job she loved, losing a great deal…

Moving: Caroline's mum Christine has been candid about her woes

Moving: Caroline’s mum Christine has been candid about her woes

‘I find the reason for her taking her life was she now knew she was being prosecuted for certainty, and she knew she would face the media, press, publicity – it would all come down upon her. To me, that’s it in essence.’

At the time, her mum Christine wept as she told the coroner over video-link: ‘I totally agree, I think you got it spot on. We know you are not allowed to say certain things and it’s up to us if we want to take it any further, and we don’t. You’re spot on.’

Concluding, the coroner recorded a death of suicide caused by hanging.

Mrs Hassell said: ‘Caroline hanged herself at home on the morning of February 15 because of an exacerbation of fluctuating ill health and distress.’     

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.  

Shock: The presenter was found dead on February 15, aged 40, the day after hearing the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial for allegedly attacking her model and former tennis player boyfriend Lewis Burton in December 2019

Shock: The presenter was found dead on February 15, aged 40, the day after hearing the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial for allegedly attacking her model and former tennis player boyfriend Lewis Burton in December 2019

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