An inquest into the death of television presenter Caroline Flack today heard how she had taken her life.

In a hearing at Poplar Coroner's Court, the coroner confirmed the 40-year-old Love Island host was found in her flat on Saturday, February 15 by her twin sister Jody Flack, who had been due to visit her that day.

Coroner's officer Sandra Polson said police were driving through Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, on February 15 when they were flagged down.

She said Ms Flack had been found hanging.

Police attempted resuscitation, which was then continued by paramedics, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

No members of Ms Flack's family were present during the four-minute hearing.

The hearing has been adjourned until August 5 so the coroner can gather the post-mortem report, toxicology tests and other evidence.

Caroline had been just a few weeks from standing trial for assaulting her boyfriend 27-year-old Lewis Burton, with the court date set for March 4.

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Caroline Flack was best known for presenting ITV2 show Love Island for five series from 2015 to 2019

An unpublished social media post written by Ms Flack before she died has been released in which she says the domestic incident involving Mr Burton was an accident.

The note - which Flack was advised not to post - has been shared by her family and published in the Eastern Daily Press.

It said: "Within 24 hours my whole world and future was swept from under my feet and all the walls that I had taken so long to build around me, collapsed. I am suddenly on a different kind of stage and everyone is watching it happen.

"I have always taken responsibility for what happened that night. Even on the night. But the truth is .... It was an accident."

Flack said she had been having "some sort of emotional breakdown for a very long time".

She added: "But I am NOT a domestic abuser.

"We had an argument and an accident happened. An accident."

Former Love Island presenter Flack said pictures from the scene of the incident featured her own blood and were sold to a newspaper, although she did not say who was responsible for leaking the images.

She said: "That was something very sad and very personal.

"The reason I am talking today is because my family can't take anymore.

"I've lost my job. My home. My ability to speak.

"And the truth has been taken out of my hands and used as entertainment.

"I can't spend every day hidden away being told not to say or speak to anyone."

Flack said: "For a lot of people, being arrested for common assault is an extreme way to have some sort of spiritual awakening but for me it's become the normal.

"I've been pressing the snooze button on many stresses in my life - for my whole life.

"I've accepted shame and toxic opinions on my life for over 10 years and yet told myself it's all part of my job. No complaining.

"The problem with brushing things under the carpet is .... they are still there and one day someone is going to lift that carpet up and all you are going to feel is shame and embarrassment."

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One of the last photos of Caroline Flack taken on Valentine's Day last Friday by her friend Mollie Grosberg

Flack, who was born in Enfield, closed the post with an apology to her family and friends.

She said: "I'm so sorry to my family for what I have brought upon them and for what my friends have had to go through.

"I'm not thinking about 'how I'm going to get my career back'. I'm thinking about how I'm going to get mine and my family's life back.

"I can't say any more than that."

Flack's mother, Chris Flack, shared the message in her local paper, the Eastern Daily Press, in Norfolk where the presenter grew up.

She said her daughter was advised not to share the post on social media, but that her family "want people to read it".

"It was describing how she was feeling and what she had gone through - no more than that," her mother said.

"It was not blaming anyone or pointing any fingers."

She said Flack, whom she calls Carrie, sent it to her "at the end of January but was told not to post it by advisers".

The TV star pleaded not guilty to assault by beating at the magistrates court hearing in December, when it was heard her partner did not support the prosecution.

She was released on bail but was ordered to stop her having any contact with Burton ahead of the trial.

The ITV2 dating show did not air on Saturday or Sunday as a mark of respect to her family and returned on Monday with a tribute to the TV star, who started hosting the programme in 2015.

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