ITV boss says 'we'll never know the reason behind Caroline Flack's death'

ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall has spoken out about Caroline Flack’s death, almost three weeks after she took her own life.

The former Love Island host, 40, was found dead at her home in east London on Saturday 15 February.

An inquest heard that Caroline took her own life.

The chief executive of the host’s ex-employer has told how everyone at the TV channel is ‘devastated’ by Caroline’s death.

Speaking at the Enders and Deloitte’s Media And Telecoms 2020 And Beyond conference, she explained that no one will never know why Caroline took her own life.

She said: ‘So many people at ITV knew Caroline, including me, and it was unbelievably tragic. I think that we can never know what is behind suicide. It is not in any way simple. It is a very, very complex thing.’

Following the deaths of Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, who both lost their lives to suicide, ITV made the decision to make some changes to their aftercare policy for the show.

And since Caroline’s passing Dame Carolyn explained that the TV channel will continue to ensure the duty of care for participants and talent is ‘world-class’.

‘I think because we reviewed Love Island last summer, so a few months before last summer’s series, Paul Litchfield, who is the former CMO, works with us, and he made a whole load of recommendations which we have implemented, which is about aftercare,’ she continued to MailOnline.

‘We take that very seriously and we are actually working with the industry on how we can share all of that and how we can learn and pool our resources, so we can learn from each other. So that is what we are doing.’

Following Caroline’s passing, there were calls for Love Island to be cancelled just like The Jeremy Kyle Show, which was axed after the death of a former guest.

However, the series will return again this summer, with applications already open.

Tributes have continued to pour in from friends and fans, including Flack’s ex-boyfriend Danny Cipriani, who donned a ‘be kind’ shirt at his latest rugby match.

Laura Whitmore, who took over presenting Love Island when Caroline stepped back after being charged with assault, also paid tribute to the star during the finale of the winter series.

In the wake of the news, dozens of former islanders paid their condolences to Caroline online. 

‘Don’t even know what to say. Just in shock, we love you, Caroline,’ Olivia Buckland, who was in season 2 of the series, wrote. 

Anton Danyluk, who appeared in last year’s summer series, stated: ‘I am in absolute shock to hear the news of Caroline’s passing. She was honestly the loveliest, kindest and most professional person I have ever met. 

‘You will be sorely missed. It was an absolute pleasure to have known you. Sending my love & Condolences to the flack family. RIP.’ 

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