- An inquest into the death of ex-Love Island host Caroline Flack took place this week.
- During the inquest coroner Mary Hassell ruled that Caroline had taken her own life, fearing public trial.
- Her family argued that prosecutors pressing ahead with the case is what resulted in her death by suicide. "This was a show trial," her mother said.
A two-day inquest into the death of Caroline Flack took place this week.
The ex-Love Island host was found dead in her home in London in February. Shortly after, coroners confirmed the cause of death as suicide by hanging.
The TV personality would have been due in court a month later on charges of assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, in 2019. The charges resulted in the 40-year-old losing her job on the popular reality TV series.
Following her death, her family released an unpublished post in which the star addressed the incident. "My family can't take any more," she wrote.
"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."
Now, as this week's inquest came to an end, coroner Mary Hassell ruled on Thursday that Caroline took her life, fearing public trial, reports Sky News.
"Although (Flack's) general fluctuating (mental) state was a background and important in her death, I find the reason for her taking her life was she now knew she was being prosecuted for certainty, and she knew she would face the media, press, publicity — it would all come down upon her," she said. "To me, that's it in essence."
The court also heard the day before her death Caroline found out prosecutors were pressing ahead with the case, despite an appeal by lawyers after Lewis had dropped the charges against her.
During the two-day inquest, Caroline's family argued it was this that resulted in Caroline taking her life. According to People, her mother, Christine Flack said: "I believe Caroline was seriously let down by the authorities, and in particular the CPS.
"I believe this was a show trial. I feel the prosecutor was unkind to Caroline and my family.
"Being well-known should not allow special treatment, but should not allow making an example of someone."
Lewis Burton said in a written statement to the court, reports Eastern Daily Press: "Caroline seemed very sad the day before her death – she seemed to have lost her fight."