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Former X-Factor and Love Island host found dead at 40

British TV presenter Caroline Flack was reportedly found in her East London home, days before she was due to face trial for assaulting her boyfriend.

Former X-Factor and Love Island host found dead at 40

In this file photo taken on February 21, 2018, British television presenter Caroline Flack poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2018 in London. (Photo: AFP/Tolga Akmen)

Caroline Flack, former host of the UK reality shows The X Factor and Love Island, has died. She was 40 years old.

The British television presenter, was reportedly found dead in her East London apartment on Saturday (Feb 15). The BBC reports that a lawyer for the Flack family told the Press Association that Caroline had taken her own life.

According to the Guardian, a statement from her family said: “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, 15 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 presented many of UK television’s biggest reality TV shows and their spinoffs, from The X Factor to I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here Now!, and won the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.

She was arrested in December for assault and was charged with allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton, with a lamp at their home in Islington.

Flack had been repeatedly targeted by the UK tabloid press following her arrest, which saw her stepping down as host of the current series of Love Island.

According to reports, the judge forbid Flack from contacting 27-year-old Burton before their trial began on March 4, but he apparently attempted to get in touch with her on Friday (Feb 14).

“Everyone at Love Island and ITV are shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news,” UK channel ITV said in a statement. “Caroline was a much-loved member of the Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends.”