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Caroline Flack died by suicide ahead of assault trial, coroner says

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A British coroner ruled Thursday that reality TV host Caroline Flack killed herself while facing an assault trial she feared would end her career and bring unbearable media scrutiny.

Flack, the former host of “Love Island,” was found dead at her London apartment in February, weeks before she was due to stand trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend.

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North London Coroner Mary Hassell said in an inquest verdict that the 40-year-old Flack took her own life “because of an exacerbation of fluctuating ill health and distress.”

Former Love Island host Caroline Flack died at age 40 in February. The television host's death comes nearly two months after she decided to quit her job as host of the popular British reality show following an assault arrest in London.

Former “Love Island” host Caroline Flack died at age 40 in February. The television host’s death comes nearly two months after she decided to quit her job as host of the popular British reality show following an assault arrest in London.
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“She knew she would face the media, press, publicity — it would all come down upon her,” the coroner said.

Inquests are held in Britain to determine the facts of sudden, violent or unexplained deaths.

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Flack’s family have accused police and prosecutors of singling her out because of her celebrity status when they charged her with assaulting boyfriend Lewis Burton as he slept in December 2019. Burton had said he did not want Flack to be prosecuted.

In this Dec. 23, 2019 photo, 'Love Island' TV presenter Caroline Flack (center) as she arrives at Highbury Magistrates' Court in London. A British coroner has ruled Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, that reality TV host Caroline Flack killed herself while facing an assault trial she feared would end her career and bring unbearable media scrutiny. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, FILE)

In this Dec. 23, 2019 photo, ‘Love Island’ TV presenter Caroline Flack (center) as she arrives at Highbury Magistrates’ Court in London. A British coroner has ruled Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, that reality TV host Caroline Flack killed herself while facing an assault trial she feared would end her career and bring unbearable media scrutiny. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, FILE)

Flack’s death renewed debate about the pressures placed on those in the public eye and the ethics of reality television.

Love Island” deposits young and attractive contestants in a tropical paradise, where they must pair up or risk being exiled. Critics claim the program puts vulnerable young people under intense scrutiny and pressure, increased by blanket tabloid newspaper coverage of the show.

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Two former “Love Island” contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, died by suicide in 2018 and 2019.

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