The inquest into Caroline Flack’s death has revealed that she left a handwritten note for her boyfriend Lewis Burton.
The Love Island presenter was tragically found dead at her North London home in February at the age of 40.
Witness statements resumed today in London’s Poplar Coroner’s Court, after a four-minute hearing was previously opened and adjourned on February 19th.
Caroline’s mother Chris and twin sister Jody watched the proceedings via video link, where they were welcomed by coroner Mary Hassell, who said: “We are here simply to find the answer to four questions – who died, when they died, where they died and how they came about their death.”
The first witness statement came from Stephen Teasdale, father of Caroline’s friend Louise, who said he went to the presenter’s home in Stoke Newington after Jody phoned to say she could not get in.
“We came to the flat and tried to force entry. We thought about phoning the police but knew the landlady … We got the key and let ourselves into the flat,” he told the court.
“I brought her (down) and Jody started CPR. We were giving CPR for somewhere between five and ten minutes, then the police took over.”
According to the inquest, paramedics arrived a short time later, and a member of the crew pointed to a handwritten note placed on a coffee table, which had the name “Lewis” written on it.
In a written statement, Lewis said Caroline was “very upset, in fact devastated” the last time he saw her, and that she was “not in a good place emotionally”.
“What was worrying her most was the police case and losing her presenting job on Love Island, plus not being able to see me,” he added.
According to Sky News, Caroline’s mother Christine said she was with her daughter the weekend before she died.
In a witness statement, she said: “When I said goodbye to her that day I never dreamt it would be the last time.”
“I know nothing will bring her back”, she added, but said she wants people to know what a “lovely, kind and generous person she was”.
Christine also said she feels her daughter was seriously let down by the authorities, in particular the CPS.
“I believe this was a show trial. I feel the prosecutor was unkind to Caroline and my family. I was threatened with arrest when I tried to speak,” she said.
Caroline was sadly found dead at her flat in London on February 15, months after she was arrested for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.
It’s believed Caroline took her own life just hours after she was told she would face trial for the alleged assault – despite the fact that Lewis didn’t want to press charges.
A post-mortem examination found no traces of alcohol, but the presence of Zopiclone used for insomnia, and a therapeutic amount of Diazepam.
Following her death, the presenter’s management slammed the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for pursuing the ‘show trial’, knowing how vulnerable she was.
Shortly after her death, Caroline’s family released an unpublished Instagram post the presenter wanted to share before she died.
In the heartfelt statement, the TV star denied being a “domestic abuser”, and said the incident between her and Lewis was simply an “accident”.
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