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Caroline Flack's investigation continues today six months after the star's tragic death


Caroline Flack's friends and twin sister were desperately trying to break into the house where she killed herself after leaving a message to Lewis Burton, the star's investigation heard today.

The 40-year-old former Love Island and X Factor presenter was found hanged on February 15, 2020 at her home in Stoke Newington, northeast London.

The first testimony was from Stephen Teasdale, the father of Flack's friend Louise, who said he went to the scene after the star's sister, Jody, called to say she couldn't reach Flack's address.

He said, “We came into the apartment and tried to force entry. We thought about calling the police, but knew the landlady … We got the key and let us into the apartment. & # 39;

Mr Teasdale said he found Flack's lifeless body hanged.

He said, “I brought her (down) and Jody started CPR. We gave CPR for between five and ten minutes, then the police took over. & # 39;

On a coffee table was a note positively referring to "Lewis", probably Flack's friend Lewis Burton.

Caroline Flack attends the National Television Awards at the O2 in London on January 22, 2019

The 40-year-old former Love Island and X Factor star was found hanged on February 15, 2020 at her home in Stoke Newington, northeast London

The 40-year-old former Love Island and X Factor star was found hanged on February 15, 2020 at her home in Stoke Newington, northeast London

Paramedic David O & # 39; Toole said he later entered the property and saw two women on a sofa distraught.

He said the victim had been "dead for a few hours" and the women said they last saw her alive that day at 10:30 am.

One of the crew members pointed to a handwritten note from an open magazine on the coffee table.

It referred positively to "Lewis", presumably Flack's friend Lewis Burton.

Pc Tim Child said there was evidence of suicide attempts elsewhere on the property.

Det Sgt Jonathan Maharaj said there was evidence of "a series of calls" made and received on Flack's cell phone looking for "culprits" as well as suicide.

Coroner Mary Hassell greeted Flack's mother Christine and sister Jody for the hearing. You are looking through a video link.

In her opening speech at the reopening of the investigation, she said, "We are only here to find the answer to four questions – who died, when they died, where they died, and how they died."

The court heard that the deceased was born Caroline Louise Flack on November 9, 1979 in Enfield. She was a television presenter and died on February 15 at her home in Stoke Newington.

Pathologist Professor Michael Sheaff found that Flack died from hanging.

Ms. Lewis said Flack had "a bandaged finger" after an argument with her boyfriend, "but it was nothing more than a love song enhanced by alcohol."

Ms. Lewis added, “I've spent a lot of time listening to their concerns about the current media storm, their relationships and their family.

Her mood seemed to be bad with a reactive effect, for example every time her phone notified her. She reported having feelings of panic all day … a feeling of impending doom. & # 39;

She said Flack didn't say she was suicidal.

"She said she drank too much to numb herself," Ms. Lewis said. "She said sleep was impossible."

Flack was on trial before her death for assaulting her boyfriend, former tennis player and model Lewis Burton in December after police who arrived at the bloodied scene described it as a "horror movie".

Flack at the Global Gift Gala in London in October 2019

Flack at the Global Gift Gala in London in October 2019

She immediately resigned from her upcoming presentation duties.

Flack's family had growing concerns about their mental health as the trial began, while Mr Burton also asked the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to drop the case.

The investigation opened during a four-minute hearing in Poplar, east London, on February 19, and was adjourned when the coroner heard that the celebrity had been found "on her back".

She was pronounced dead on the scene and her body was identified by her twin sister, Jody Flack, who will be in the audience today via video link, The Sun reported.

A family attorney previously said the television personality died of suicide.

Her death sparked grief among celebrity friends, coworkers and fans, who referenced one of Flack's social media posts from December asking people to be "friendly."

Flack's management team criticized the CPS for holding a "show trial" which led to a review of her death.

However, the CPS found that the case was being handled "appropriately".

Flack's mother, Chris, said her daughter's legal team and psychologist had warned of the former Strictly champion's potential to commit suicide.

"The CPS were fully aware of these issues and the risk involved when they decided to continue the prosecution," said Ms. Flack.

She described an allegation that her daughter hit Mr. Burton over the head with a lamp as "false".

She also said the claim was denied by both Mr. Burton and Flack and was "totally inconsistent with the injury Mr. Burton sustained".

Shortly after her death, floral tributes were placed outside Flack's former home in North London

Shortly after her death, floral tributes were placed outside Flack's former home in North London

Flack's family also posthumously shared a social media post written by the concerned star, but were persuaded by consultants not to post before her death, in which she revealed an "emotional breakdown."

She wrote: “I have had an emotional breakdown for a very long time.

“But I'm not a domestic abuser. The reason I'm speaking today is because my family can't take it anymore.

“I lost my job. My home. My ability to speak. And the truth was taken from my hands and used as entertainment.

“I've pushed the snooze button at many stresses in my life – for my entire life.

“I have accepted shame and poisonous opinions about my life for over 10 years and still told myself that it is all part of my job. No complaints.

"The problem with brushing things under the carpet is … they're still there and one day someone is going to lift that carpet and all you are going to feel is shame and embarrassment."

Her suicide was the last to be linked to Love Island after candidates Mike Thalassitis, 26, died in March 2019 and Sophie Gradon, 32, died in June 2018.

Miss Gradon's boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, 25, died three weeks after finding his girlfriend.

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