Showbiz / 19-02-2020

Caroline Flack died by hanging and was identified by her twin sister, inquest hears

Caroline Flack died by hanging and was identified by her twin sister, inquest hears

Caroline Flack died by hanging, an inquest has heard.

The inquest into the 40-year-old’s death was opened this morning, four days after Caroline was found dead at her London flat.

No members of the former Love Island host’s family were present as the inquest began at 10am at Poplar Coroner’s Court.

The inquest heard that a provisional cause of death in an autopsy was given as suspension by ligature.

Coroner’s officer Sandra Polson said police were driving through Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, on Saturday, 15 February when they were flagged down and brought to a flat in the area.

She said Ms Flack was ‘found lying on her back, she had apparently been found hanging’.

Police attempted resuscitation, which was then continued by paramedics, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her body was identified by her twin sister Jody Flack.

The inquest hearing lasted four minutes and has been adjourned until 5 August.

After the news broke of Caroline’s death on Saturday, a lawyer for the Flack family confirmed she had taken her own life.

A statement from the star’s family read: ‘We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February.

‘We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.’

It is believed that Flack took her own life shortly after her friend Lou Teasdale – who had stayed with her on Friday night – left to go to the shops, after Caroline persuaded her she was ok.

Her body was discovered by her father, Ian, who Lou called when she couldn’t gain access to the flat.

Friends stayed with Caroline on Valentine’s Day, including Mollie Grosberg, who shared the final picture of Caroline from 14 February, and at 10.30pm, an ambulance arrived in response to a 999 call made from the flat.

Paramedic crews assessed Caroline and decided that she did not need hospital treatment, with Lou then spending the night.

A source told The Sun: ‘Caroline had been unwell on Friday but by the time crews got there she was feeling much better and was coherent and responsive to them. She refused to go to hospital.

‘Caroline was with Lou and other friends and so everyone was satisfied she would be OK.

‘Lou then stayed overnight. She was absolutely brilliant with her. On Saturday morning Caroline insisted she was fine and persuaded her friend to go home.’

There has been criticism directed towards the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by Caroline’s management, who accused them of setting up a ‘show trial’ by charging Flack with assault.

Caroline denied the charge of assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton, with Burton also refusing to support the prosecution.

The inquest comes after Caroline’s family published a statement from the Love Island star, which she had been advised not to post.

In the statement, the TV star insisted she was not a ‘domestic abuser’, calling the row with Lewis that led to her arrest ‘a mistake’.

Flack wrote: ‘Within 24 hours my whole world and future was swept from under my feet and all the walls that I had taken so long to build around me, collapsed.’

[/i] Caroline Flack's full statement

‘For a lot of people, being arrested for common assault is an extreme way to have some sort of spiritual awakening but for me it’s become the normal.

‘I’ve been pressing the snooze button on many stresses in my life – for my whole life. I’ve accepted shame and toxic opinions on my life for over 10 years and yet told myself it’s all part of my job. No complaining.

‘The problem with brushing things under the carpet is …. they are still there and one day someone is going to lift that carpet up and all you are going to feel is shame and embarrassment.

‘On December the 12th 2019 I was arrested for common assault on my boyfriend …Within 24 hours my whole world and future was swept from under my feet and all the walls that I had taken so long to build around me, collapsed. I am suddenly on a different kind of stage and everyone is watching it happen.

‘I have always taken responsibility for what happened that night. Even on the night. But the truth is …. It was an accident.

‘I’ve been having some sort of emotional breakdown for a very long time. But I am NOT a domestic abuser. We had an argument and an accident happened. An accident. The blood that someone SOLD to a newspaper was MY blood and that was something very sad and very personal.

‘The reason I am talking today is because my family can’t take anymore. I’ve lost my job. My home. My ability to speak. And the truth has been taken out of my hands and used as entertainment.

‘I can’t spend every day hidden away being told not to say or speak to anyone. I’m so sorry to my family for what I have brought upon them and for what my friends have had to go through.

‘I’m not thinking about ‘how I’m going to get my career back. I’m thinking about how I’m going to get mine and my family’s life back. I can’t say anymore than that.’

[/i] Need support? Contact the Samaritans

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

19-02-2020 04:30, source: metro, by James Foster
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