Caroline Flack’s ‘brave’ family praised for ’emotional’ Channel 4 documentary

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Caroline Flack's family have been praised by viewers of a Channel 4 documentary which explored the life and death of the television presenter.

The former Love Island host took her own life on February 15, 2020 at the age of 40, with her death being ruled as suicide by a coroner at an inquest.

Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death aired on Wednesday evening and covered the star's journey up to her death, including subjects including mental health and trolling.

It featured Caroline's mum Christine, twin sister Jody, friends and colleagues including Olly Murs and Dermot O’Leary, remembering the much-loved presenter.

The hour-long film featured unseen pictures and several homemade family videos, which left fans watching at home in floods of tears.

Taking to Twitter, one fan penned: "How brave are Caroline’s mum and sister, talking about the many suicide attempts of Caroline even before she was famous, such a hard thing to have dealt with in all their lives, so desperately sad."

A second person posted: "WOW. WHAT A WOMAN! How strong is Caroline Flack's mum. You can see she is broken but remains so brave! Respect! poor woman!."

While a third emotional viewer said: "How bloody strong is Caroline's mum? To talk so openly like this, I know I couldn't hold it together."

A fourth social media user said: "Okay some of this is really hitting home hard. Sat in tears watching."

"I am sat here in tears listening to Caroline’s story and listening to her family talking about her," a fifth said.

Speaking ahead of the documentary, Christine said that speaking to director Charlie Russell about Caroline's life has helped her over the past 12 months.

She said: "He was like our therapist for a year.

"He's made this year bearable because it was someone we could talk to that wasn't another member of the family.

"We did find making the film was good for us. It was very sad and If I could write I'd have written a book about it but I can't, so we were able to get this out with Charlie.

"I probably wouldn't have looked at all the all the old footage and photographs yet."

It was revealed in the film that Caroline's family "begged" her to quit her showbiz life over fears for her mental health.

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Jody said: "I would beg her to change jobs and leave showbiz but she never would. Life would have been easier but she wasn't built for an easy life.

"She was always scared she'd be ridiculed, she was terrified to admit her mental health struggles."

The Flack family are have spoken out in a bid to encourage viewers to be more open about their mental health struggles and seek help where necessary.

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website

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