Caroline Flack inquest: Love Island star left note for boyfriend Lewis Burton

Caroline Flack sadly passed away earlier this year, and the inquest into her death resumed at Poplar Coroner’s Court today.

On February 19th, a four minute hearing was opened and adjourned when Flack’s provisional cause of death was given as suspension by ligature.

Caroline’s mother Chris Flack and twin sister Jody Flack were among those watching proceedings via videolink today, due to social distancing rules, however some journalists were allowed to be present in court.

Coroner Mary Hassell welcomed Flack’s mother and sister to the hearing, she 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 was that of Stephen Teasdale. Stephen is the father of Caroline’s friend Louise, and he attended the scene after Caroline’s twin sister phoned to say she couldn’t get into the property.

He said: ‘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.’

Mr Teasdale said he found Flack’s lifeless body, hanged. He said: ‘I brought her (down) and Jody started CPR. We were giving CPR for somewhere between five and ten minutes, then the police took over.’

Afterwards, David O’Toole who is a paramedic entered the property and described seeing two women distraught on the sofa. He also said the victim had been ‘dead for a number of hours’. The women had last seen Caroline at 10.30am that day, said David.

One of the crew pointed to a handwritten note placed on an open magazine on the coffee table. It referenced, positively, ‘Lewis’, believed to be Flack’s boyfriend Lewis Burton.

Pc Tim Child said elsewhere in the property there was evidence of suicide. Caroline had no alcohol in her system when she died.

 


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