Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.
Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore has paid tribute to the late Caroline Flack.
The 40-year-old was confirmed to have died by suicide yesterday (February 15) and emotional messages of love and shock have since saturated social media.
Posting on Twitter, Whitmore uploaded a picture of herself with Caroline, as well as a poem expressing her feelings.
"I'm trying to find the words but I can't [broken heart emoji]" she captioned it, while the poem reads: "To lose someone so special is really hard to bear, it hardly seems believable that you're no longer there.
"You left us far too early before your time it seems and now you'll never have the chance to fulfil all those dreams. However hard it is though, we'll take comfort in the thought of all the memories we have and the happiness you brought.
"You always lived life to the full, but ours won't be the same until the day we can see your smiling face again."
I’m trying to find the words but I can’t 💔 pic.twitter.com/FY3ppLzqsA— Laura Whitmore (@thewhitmore) February 15, 2020
Love Island's narrator, Iain Stirling, also shared a poignant video of Caroline dancing on Strictly Come Dancing, captioned "Today my friend slow motion walked into heaven. I will miss her always. Thank you for everything x".
Today my friend slow motion walked into heaven. I will miss her always. Thank you for everything x— Iain Stirling (@IainDoesJokes) February 15, 2020
"Caroline was a much-loved member of the Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends."
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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