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    Caroline Flack (40) host of British reality show Love Island was found dead in her flat from suicide

    Based on the suicide help line blurbs on the side of the article, and the way her family is acting, I am going to guess that is the cause.

    Caroline Flack, the former host of the hit British reality show "Love Island," has died, her family confirmed Saturday.

    Flack, 40, died by suicide and her body was found in her east London flat Saturday, a lawyer for the family told PA Media.

    "We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February," the family's statement said. "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 hosted the series from its inception in 2015 until last December, when she was charged with assault after an incident at her home. She pleaded not guilty to assaulting her 27-year-old boyfriend. She was out on bail awaiting trial scheduled for March.

    She was replaced as host a few days after her arrest.

    At the time, she said that "Love Island" had been her "world" for the previous five years, adding: "It's the best show on telly."

    The lines are staffed by a mix of paid professionals and unpaid volunteers trained in crisis and suicide intervention. The confidential environment, the 24-hour accessibility, a caller's ability to hang up at any time and the person-centered care have helped its success, advocates say.

    The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.

    "Love Island" is, at its heart, a dating show. But in recent years, it's exploded in popularity to such an extent that it's now part of the British cultural calendar for about two months a year, dominating social media and winning converts with each passing episode.

    So wide is its reach that it's been parodied on "Saturday Night Live" and has spawned various international spinoffs, which have achieved varying levels of success.

    Flack was a presenter on "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Now!" and "The Xtra Factor."

    In 2014, she and her partner, Pasha Kovalev, won "Strictly Come Dancing."

    Flack appeared in the British television comedy "Bo' Selecta!", which ran from 2002 to 2004.

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    Much has been written about the circumstances that led to the death of the British television presenter Caroline Flack on Saturday, despite little of substance being known about them.

    Flack, the 40-year-old former host of the hit UK reality show "Love Island," died by suicide at her northeast London apartment as she awaited trial for an alleged assault of her boyfriend.

    Mental health organizations urge against assuming a single factor in cases of suicide. But reaction was nonetheless swift and often definitive.

    Social media, the British press and the Crown Prosecution Service have all been blamed for their treatment of the star, while celebrity well-wishers have been attacked for hypocrisy and politicians have mooted a reform of the media.

    Meanwhile, the same media cycle that aided Flack's rise to fame was condemned for tearing her down in her final months, and many reacted with fury as tabloids like The Sun moved swiftly to delete previous negative articles about the star.

    What's clear is that the reverberations from the death of Flack, a longtime staple of Britain's raucous tabloid press, are being widely felt -- with fundamental questions raised about the symbiotic relationship between the media and today's television personalities.

    For some commentators, the instant reactions were premature.

    "When we experience the tragic loss of someone, we often look around for someone to point the finger at," said Honey Langcaster-James, a television psychologist who has consulted on on-set welfare for shows including "Love Island."

    "We get consumed when someone dies in these circumstances by the question of why, and of what could have been done... but the important thing is we don't speculate," she told CNN.

    But in death, as in life, fascination about Flack has given rise to plenty of speculation -- and it's highlighting the relentless industry of outrage that has both aided the rise of reality television personalities and swarmed them in their lowest moments.

    Flack's career was boosted, at least in part, by a media ecosystem that thrives on judgment and is quick to identify winners and losers.

    She won a public vote to claim victory in "Strictly Come Dancing," one of Britain's most popular shows, and then helmed another breakout hit -- "Love Island" -- whose success relies heavily on its omnipresence on social media and on the homepages of tabloid news sites.

    But that same environment ensured the lows of Flack's career were as loudly amplified as the highs. Flack attracted criticism for dating a 17-year-old Harry Styles while she was 31. Years later, the details of the alleged assault in December on her partner, Lewis Burton, have been combed over online on an almost daily basis.

    After she was charged, a front page of the Daily Star newspaper branded her "Caroline Smack," while The Sun published and then deleted a story about a "brutal" Valentine Day's card mocking her assault case.

    "She lived every mistake publicly under the scrutiny of the media," Laura Whitmore, Flack's friend and replacement as "Love Island" host, said on her BBC radio show the day after her death was confirmed. "To the press who demonize and tear down success: we've had enough."

    Now, commentators and politicians are asking whether such such levels of media scrutiny should exist at all -- and the fallout from Flack's death has reopened a long-running debate over press regulation in the country.

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