Caroline Flack’s heartbreaking spiral into depression after Strictly win

Much loved presenter Caroline Flack has tragically been found dead at her home.

The 40-year-old is believed to have taken her own life.

A family spokesperson told The Sun: "We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February.

"We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time."

Fans have been left devastated at the news after Caroline recently returned from a wellness break in LA.

She had stepped down from her beloved Love Island presenting job after she was charged with allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.

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Her trial was due to take place on March 4 and Caroline had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Caroline's career began back in 2001 when she appeared in a TV film.

A raft of presenting jobs followed but she reached new heights when she competed in the 2014 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Caroline was crowned champion and was overcome with emotion.

But heartbreakingly, she admitted she spiralled into crippling depression just days after her stunning win.

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Caroline insisted she had been elated to win the show with Pasha Kovalev, who she described as a "close friend".

But she struggled to cope in the aftermath.

In one heartbreaking interview, Caroline said: "It all started the day after I won Strictly. I woke up and felt like somebody had covered my body in clingfilm.

“I couldn’t get up and just couldn’t pick myself up at all that next year.

"I felt ridiculous, being so sad when I’d just won the biggest show on telly and had such an amazing job.”

She was prescribed anti-depressants but said they left her feeling "numb" and she came off then because she felt she had become too reliant on the medication.

Caroline returned to the Strictly dance floor four years after she won the Glitterball trophy when she took part in the Christmas special with Gorka Marquez.

JLS singer was crowned the eventual winner but Caroline insisted "my Glitterball still has pride of place in my living room".

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