The inquest into the death of Love Island presenter Caroline Flack is set to resume

Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 11:34 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 11:35 am
The inquest into the presenters death is set to resume  (Photo: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
The inquest into the presenters death is set to resume (Photo: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

The inquest into late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack’s death (which was initially opened in Poplar, East London, on 19 February 2020) will now resume today, Wednesday 5 August.

Given the circumstances regarding the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Flack’s family and legal representatives will attend the inquest virtually, with a coroner expected to be in court.

What will the inquest cover?

Flack had been due to stand trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton, a former tennis player and model. At the time, she immediately stepped down from her presenting duties.

Flack took her own life on 15 February, the day after she learned the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was pursuing charges on the grounds that she allegedly attacked Burton. She had pleaded not guilty to assault by beating and denied the charge. Flack’s management team and family criticised the CPS for conducting a “show trial.”

Flack was found in her home in North London and pronounced dead at the scene.

Flack’s mother, Chris, said her daughter’s legal team and psychologist warned about the potential for the Love Island host to take her own life.

Mrs Flack said, “The CPS were fully aware of these matters and the risk when they decided to continue the prosecution.”

After her death, Flack’s family shared a social media post that the presenter had written before her death, but had been persuaded by advisers not to publish.

In the post, Flack wrote, “I’ve been having some sort of emotional breakdown for a very long time. But I am not a domestic abuser.”

Her death prompted tributes from fellow celebrities, co-workers and fans, with people referencing one of Flack’s earlier social media posts which urged people to “be kind.”

Deaths linked to Love Island

Flack’s death was the fourth in a line of deaths connected to the ITV2 dating show, Love Island.

Sophie Gradon was a contestant in the second season of Love Island and was found dead on 20 June 2018, aged 32.

A spokesperson for the Northumbria Police said that there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances around Gradon’s death, with officials later ruling her death as a suicide. Gradon’s boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, took his own life 20 days after her death, according to an inquest.

Fellow former contestant Mike Thalassitis, who appeared on the third series of the dating show, also took his own life on 15 March 2019, aged 26.