Former “Love Island” Host Caroline Flack’s Suicide Reveal Dangers of Media Castigation

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By Jimmy He, Senior Editor

Caroline Flack, 40, the former host of the hit reality TV show “Love Island,” was found dead in her east London flat on February 15th—the cause of her death has been determined to be suicide.

In a public statement regarding her death, Flack’s family stated, “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February. We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time and we would ask they make no attempt to contact us and/or photograph us.”

Flack has hosted “Love Island” from its creation in 2015 to last December, when she stepped down after being charged with allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton in an incident at her home.

Nevertheless, Flack received overwhelming tributes from thousands of fans, contestants, and celebrities alike.

Current “Love Island” host Laura Whitmore paid tribute during her BBC radio show, commenting, “To paparazzi and tabloids looking for a cheap sell, to trolls hiding behind a keyboard — enough… I’m not going to pretend she was perfect, but is anyone? She lived every mistake publicly, under the scrutiny of the media.”

The Brit Awards also paid tribute to Flack’s passing on February 18th, with host Jack Whitehall mentioning her in his introduction to the awards ceremony.

“She was a kind and vibrant person with an infectious sense of fun,” Whitehall said. “She will be sorely missed. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say our thoughts are with her friends and family.”

The undeniable tragedy of Flack’s suicide also triggered an immense backlash against tabloids and newspapers who continuously published articles attacking Flack following her arrest in December.

Daisy Cooper MP, a British liberal democrat politician, called for more self-regulation before the content is published online.

“The hounding of Caroline Flack shows that parts of the British media continue to wreak havoc on people’s lives,” Cooper said in a comment, “In Britain we have trial by courts and not trial by media for a reason. Regardless of what took place she should not have been hounded to death by tabloid newspapers desperate for clickbait. The government must stop dragging its feet in introducing independent self-regulation of online and offline publishers.”

“I think it’s sad how much the media could influence you mentally,” says Wayne Hills senior Cheyenne Ajebe, a frequent watcher of “Love Island”, “It’s really sad that she never found the right person and love. Hopefully, she rests in peace and doesn’t have to deal with any more pain and sorrow. ”

Millions across the country are mourning Flack’s death, as many begin to consider the fully harmful effects scathing media coverage can have on an individual.