Inside the Final Hours of Caroline Flack's Life

Paramedics were called to her home the night before she died
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2020 2:24 PM CST
Paramedics Called to Caroline Flack's House the Night Before She Died
TV Personality Caroline Flack poses for photographers at the National Television Awards, held at the O2 Arena, London, on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

British TV presenter Caroline Flack was found dead of an apparent suicide Saturday afternoon. Hours prior, around 10:30pm on Valentine's Day, someone called emergency services from Flack's home and an ambulance responded, the Sun reports. Paramedics assessed Flack, but did not take her to the hospital, a London Ambulance spokesperson tells Sky News. No further details were given, citing confidentiality, but a source tells the Sun, "Caroline had been unwell on Friday but by the time crews got there she was feeling much better and was coherent and responsive to them. She refused to go to hospital." Sources say Flack, who had just learned the case against her for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend would not be dropped, was so upset that her best friend came to stay with her that night; she and other friends were there when the ambulance arrived.

But it is believed that shortly after she told her best friend it was fine for her to leave the following morning, Flack took her own life. Flack's team has lambasted Crown Prosecution Service for proceeding with the "show trial" despite Flack's boyfriend Lewis Burton withdrawing his complaint, and critics are also denouncing the British tabloid media's unsavory coverage of Flack, which started long before the December incident. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is even calling on social media companies to do more to remove unacceptable content following Flack's death, the Guardian reports. Page Six, citing the Times of London, reports Flack warned police she would kill herself if charged in the alleged attack, and the Sun's sources say Flack, who had struggled with mental health issues, self-harmed during the incident. Critics are saying she should have received psychiatric care rather than criminal charges. Also making headlines Monday was Flack's brief 2009 romance with Prince Harry. (Burton says he is heartbroken.)

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