Love Island winners Paige Turley and Finn Tapp have spoken out about the tragic passing of Caroline Flack.
The couple, who were named winners of the first ever winter edition of the ITV reality show on Sunday (February 23), revealed that producers broke the news of Caroline's death before the final episode of the series.
Speaking to The Sun, Finn said: "We were told just before the final. They wanted to tell us at the best time and the best way and we're thankful that they did that.
"We remember her fondly. We loved her as a fan watching it on telly over the past few series, that's the relationship we had with her."
Paige added: "Everybody knew how much she loved Love Island. It's such a sensitive subject, we just send love to Caroline's family."
During the final, presenter Laura Whitmore paid tribute to Caroline, telling the viewers: "The past week has been extremely difficult, coming to terms with the loss of our friend and colleague, Caroline. We're thinking of her family and everyone who knew her at this time.
"Caroline loved Love Island, she loved love and that's why tonight's final is dedicated to her."
This was followed by a montage which featured footage of Caroline's time working on the dating show.
Last Monday (February 17), the show's narrator Iain Stirling also paid a touching tribute to Caroline.
Love Island airs on ITV2.
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