How did Caroline Flack die? Your timeline to tragedy, including legal proceedings

Caroline Flack was one of the UK’s most popular television presenters until her tragic death a year ago. But how did Caroline Flack die?

And why was the star facing criminal proceedings at the time of her death?

The former Love Island host was only 40 when she died – here’s a timeline to the tragic end of her life.

Your brand warmth came through on Love Island, but how did Caroline Flack die? (Photo credit: ITV2)

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December 12, 2019: Caroline is arrested for attacking a friend

Caroline famously dated Prince Harry, Harry Styles, Sam Smith’s manager Jack Street, apprentice star Andrew Brady and rugby player Danny Cipriani.

All of their relationships made the headlines.

But it was her unhappy love affair with tennis player Lewis Burton that would become her downfall.

Lewis reportedly called 999 on December 12, 2019 and said Caroline attacked him.

Upon arriving at Caroline’s house, police found Lewis was bleeding from a wound on his head.

Caroline hit him with a lamp or a table fan, he claimed.

Caroline allegedly confessed “I did it” to police and then warned she would commit suicide.

The police arrested her and took her into custody for questioning.

December 13, 2019: Caroline is indicted

Police then accused Caroline of beating her.

The 40-year-old has been tried on charges of assaulting her boyfriend Lewis while he was sleeping.

She reportedly feared he had betrayed her.

In her police interview, the TV host said she had a phone in hand when she made contact with Lewis’ head.

She insisted that any injury was accidental.

The police forbade the couple from contacting each other, but they stayed together.

Caroline Flack and Lewis Burton meet at the sexy seafood restaurant in Mayfair
Caroline Flack and her boyfriend Lewis Burton enjoyed a date at Sexy Fish restaurant in Mayfair (Image credit: Splash)

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December 17, 2019: Caroline loses her job at Love Island

Caroline stepped down from ITV2’s Love Island and its spin-off show Love Island: Aftersun.

She announced that she would not host the sixth series over the assault allegations.

She didn’t want to “distract attention from the upcoming series”.

Caroline was popular in the years leading up to her death, including winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.

She hosted The Xtra Factor from 2011 to 2015, along with Olly Murs.

She had won many other hopes to host Love Island, ITV2’s hugely successful dating show.

From 2015 to 2019, Caroline’s personable hosting style had won her legions of fans.

Her popularity undoubtedly helped her take on an acting role in Steve Coogan’s 2019 film Greed.

Tragically, everything would collapse when her personal life started affecting her career.

Little did her fans know that the presenter had secretly suffered from mental health problems.

December 23, 2019: Caroline appears in court

Caroline pleaded not guilty in Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on December 23, 2019.

Her attorney told the court that Lewis did not support the charges and that “he is not the victim as he would say he was a witness”.

Police released Caroline on bail on condition that she did not contact Lewis.

She should be on trial on March 4, 2020.

Unfortunately, she didn’t survive to make the date.

The TV star reportedly had serious concerns that she would go to jail.

Caroline expressed concern that the bodycam footage could be shown to police during their upcoming assault trial.

According to The sunClose friends suspected that the Love Island star committed suicide over fears that bodycam footage that she reportedly showed in despair and undressed was shown in court.

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Caroline Flack arrives at Highbury and Islington Magistrates Court (Image credit: Splash)

February 13, 2020: Caroline’s last Instagram message

Caroline returned to social media before Valentine’s Day, sharing cute photos with her dog.

After months of silence on social media, she also shared a message with fans for Christmas.

She said, “I was advised not to go on social media, but I wanted to say a Merry Christmas to everyone who has been so incredibly nice to me this year.

“This kind of testing and speculation is a lot that one person has to undertake on his own.

“I’m human at the end of the day and I’m not silenced when I have a story to tell and a life to move on with.

“I take time out to feel better and learn lessons from situations I have put myself into.

“I have nothing but love to give and best wishes to everyone.”

February 15, 2020: Caroline Flack dies

Caroline was found dead on February 15, 2020 at her home in northeast London.

She was just 40 years old.

Caroline’s tragic death was reported on Saturday evening. She is believed to have committed suicide after a friend who stayed with her went to the stores.

The friend could not return to Caroline’s apartment and raised the alarm.

The lawyer, who acted for her family, stated that her death was a suicide.

The day before her death, Caroline had allegedly been informed that prosecutors were continuing the process that Lewis did not support.

Her family issued a statement saying, “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, February 15th.

“We would like to ask the press to respect family privacy at this difficult time.”

Caroline left behind a twin sister, Jody, another sister, Elizabeth and brother Paul.

August 02, 2020: How did Caroline Flack die?

The coroner determined that Caroline’s death on August 2, 2020 after a two-day hearing was a suicide.

She had committed suicide after allegedly learning that she would be prosecuted for alleged assaults on her boyfriend.

We also learned that she was having a long battle with “fluctuating mental health,” compounded by the stress of fame.

The TV presenter wrote on a note discovered near her body at home that the trial had been revealed.


Caroline Flack is said to have taken a “small drug overdose” months before her death, the investigation said.

Upon the investigation, Harley Street psychiatrist Dr. Brian Wells, a statement with.

Mr Wells alleged on December 22, 2020 that Caroline’s management team had told him they had taken a “minor drug overdose” in a London hotel.

Another note, written by Caroline in late January, added that she had “had an emotional breakdown for a very long time”.

She insisted that she was not a domestic abuser.

Friends and family gathered for a private funeral when Caroline was laid to rest on March 10, 2020.

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