TV presenter Caroline Flack has died, aged 40

Caroline Flack.

TV presenter Caroline Flack has tragically passed away at the age of 40.

The host of shows such as Love Island and former Strictly Come Dancing winner was found dead at her home in London on Saturday.

In a statement, Caroline's family confirmed her death: "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 Caroline's family said that she had been discovered in her flat in east London having sadly taken her own life.

Caroline Flack
Caroline Flack

Since the news broke, tributes have been flooding in from fans and friends alike.

Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly posted on Twitter: "Absolutely shocked and devastated at this tragic news. Rest in peace Caroline you beautiful girl. My heart goes out to your family and loved ones at this time XXXX"

Olly Murs, who hosted the Xtra Factor and X Factor with Caroline, wrote a lengthy tribute on Instagram beginning: "Caz... 💔😣 fuck this hurts! My heart is forever broken.. I’ve lost something today that I’ll never ever get back.. and that’s you."

Current Love Island host Laura Whitmore said simply: "I'm trying to find the words but I can't," while the show's voice-over Iain Stirling said: "Today my friend slow motion walked into heaven. I will miss her always. Thank you for everything x"

Former Love Island contestant Malin Andersson shared: "My heart hurts for Caroline Flack. She did not deserve this. I have no words. Rest in peace. 😞 ❤️"

Fellow Islander Chris Hughes added: "Words can't sum this up. So sad. Another amazing person taking from this cruel world...Can't believe to imagine the pain. God bless Caroline and her family. Rest tight."

Meanwhile, ITV said in a statement: "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."

Gorka Marquez, Caroline Flack
Caroline Flack on Strictly's Christmas special

Strictly Come Dancing said: "The entire Strictly Come Dancing family are heartbroken to hear this incredibly sad news.

"Caroline had an infectious energy and passion for dance, she shone brightly in the Strictly ballroom of every week and became an incredible champion.

"Words cannot express our sadness, she was simply one of a kind.

"We are sending our love to all her family and friends during this difficult time."

And The X Factor said: "We are absolutely devastated by this tragic news. Caroline was a much loved member of The X Factor family and a huge part of its success over the years. We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends."

Caroline started her TV career hosting various shows on E4, Channel 4, CBBC and Sky ranging from Big Brother's Big Mouth to Gladiators.

Caroline Flack (Baker)
Caroline Flack on the Great British Bake Off celebrity special

In 2009 and 2010 she hosted I'm A Celebrity Get me Out Of Here before moving to front X Factor spin-off show Xtra Factor and later The X Factor itself.

In 2014, Caroline took part and won the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing with pro partner Pasha Kovalev.

From 2015 up until this year, Caroline had hosted Love Island on ITV2 but was replaced for the most recent series by Laura Whitmore.

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