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Caroline Flack cause of death confirmed as suicide by hanging, inquest hears

Love Island presenter Caroline Flack, 40, was found dead at her flat in London last weekend. A lawyer for the family later confirmed she had taken her own life. 

Today, her cause of death was confirmed as hanging, an inquest in London hears. 

Her family did not attend Poplar Coroner’s Court for her inquest.

The Love Island star’s body was identified by her sister, Jody Flack.

The inquest heard the provisional cause of death was given as suspension by ligature.

The four-minute long hearing has been adjourned until August 5.

Coroner’s officer Sandra Polson said police were driving through Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, on Saturday February 15 when they were flagged down.

She said Caroline was “found lying on her back, she had apparently been found hanging”.

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

The coroner Sarah Bourke reminded those present not to make a sound recording during the hearing.

Ahead of the inquest today, Caroline’s family released an unpublished post from the late presenter.

Her mum Christine told Eastern Daily Press she wanted to show Caroline’s fans how she really felt in recent weeks.

As part of the lengthy statement, Caroline Flack said she had been “having some sort of emotional breakdown for a very long time”.

She went on to share her version of events after she was charged following an incident with her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27.

In the unpublished post, Caroline wrote: “For a lot of people, being arrested for common assault is an extreme way to have some sort of spiritual awakening but for me it’s become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.”

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