The death has been announced of TV presenter Caroline Flack, who has died at the age of 40. 

A family statement read: "We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February.

"We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time and we would ask they make no attempt to contact us and/or photograph us."

The star hosted a number of high profile programmes throughout her career, including Love Island and The X Factor.

Flack had recently been charged with assault, following a row at her London home with her boyfriend Lewis Burton and was due in court on March 4.

Flack had denied assaulting Burton. After entering a not guilty plea to the assault charge at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court, Flack was released on bail with conditions that prevented her from having any contact with Burton ahead of a trial.

As a result of the charge, Flack stepped away from her presenting duties on the hit dating show Love Island and was replaced by Laura Whitmore.

Caroline Flack with Dermot O'Leary

Flack last posted to Instagram on Thursday, 13 February, sharing a collage of photographs of herself posing with a dog alongside a heart emoji.

Flack began her career as an actress on Bo Selecta in 2002 alongside creator Leigh Francis. She then moved to presenting, with jobs on E4 Music and on the CBBC channel before becoming the co-host of action game show Gladiators with Ian Wright in 2009 on Sky One.

Her mainstream break came later that year when she landed a coveted job hosting ITV2's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here NOW!, alongside Joe Swash and Russell Kane.

Caroline Flack with Olly Murs

Two years later, Flack's star continued to soar when it was announced that she and Olly Murs would co-present The Xtra Factor. After leaving The Xtra Factor in 2014, Flack and Murs were promoted to host the ITV parent show in 2015, replacing Dermot O'Leary.

In 2014, Flack took part in Strictly Come Dancing, pairing-up with professional Pasha Kovalev. The couple proved hugely popular with viewers and judges, earning a perfect 40 for their salsa in the semi-final, followed by a full house of 40s in the final, giving them a perfect total of 120 points - the first couple ever to achieve that feat on the show. On 20 December 2014, Flack and Kovalev were crowned Strictly Come Dancing champions.

Caroline Flack and her Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Pasha Kovalev

In March 2019, Flack took part in an episode of Channel 4's charity show The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer alongside journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, actor Greg Wise and boxer Nicola Adams.

Caroline Flack poses with the BAFTA for Best Reality and Constructed Factual Series for Love Island

Flack made her West End stage debut playing Roxie Hart in Chicago in 2018 having previously appeared onstage in a touring version of Crazy for You. 

 In 2015, she released an autobiography called Storm in a C Cup.

Flack became engaged to former Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother star Andrew Brady in April 2018, but the pair split a few months later.

Most recently Flack had been in a relationship with former tennis player Lewis Burton.

Flack is survived by her twin sister Jody, her elder sister Elizabeth, her elder brother Paul, and her parents Christine and Ian. 

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