Tributes for the much-loved presenter, Caroline Flack, have been flooding social media today to commemorate the one-year anniversary of her passing.
“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
On the 5th of December 2019, Caroline Flack posted this quote on her Instagram, sparking it to be shared today – one year on from her death.
When she first posted it, she captioned it with “Anything … we can literally choose to be anything ….”
The #BeKind movement aims to spread awareness about how important it is to be kind to others and the power it holds.
Love Island made a tribute on their social media platforms with this image of Caroline Flack saying, “Remembering Caroline 1979-2020 Always in our hearts.” The reality TV show powerfully captioned it with a simple heart emoji.
Caroline Flack died on the 15th of February 2020. This was just weeks before she was meant to go on trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.
A coroner’s inquest concluded she took her own life in fear of the publicity that would come with the hearing going ahead.
Her penultimate post on her Instagram was a stunning photo of her with a beaming smile across her face.
She posted this on Christmas Eve 2019 letting her followers know she would be signing off social media for a while to “get feeling better.”
She also emphasised how thankful she was to everyone who had been kind to her: “Been advised not to go on social media … but I wanted to say happy Christmas to everyone who has been so incredibly kind to me this year….. this kind of scrutiny and speculation is a lot to take on for one person to take on their own… I’m a human being at the end of the day and I’m not going to be silenced when I have a story to tell and a life to keep going with …. I’m taking some time out to get feeling better and learn some lessons from situations I’ve got myself into. I have nothing but love to give and best wishes for everyone.”
Her final post on her Instagram was on the 13th of February 2020.
She posted a montage of her and her dog posing. To her followers, she looked happy and by only captioning the post with a heart emoji, she gave no hint that soon she was going to take her own life.
Famous faces such as Ian Sterling, Laura Whitmore, and others have made tributes to their friend on their social media platforms.
Similarly, Ophelia Lovibond spoke on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour about how she would like her friend to be remembered: “We should remember Caroline as someone who loved telling jokes, she loved making people laugh, she loved karaoke more than anyone. She loved leopard print, she loved musicals, she loved going to theatres. Her life was so rich, it was so full of love and laughter and I want people to remember her by the things that she did in her life, not in the way that she went away.”