Lewis Burton and Rita Ora lead tributes to ‘angel’ Caroline Flack


It’s been a year since Caroline Flack tragically died. 

And her manager, Nathan Charles Smith, led the tributes to his best friend along with singer Rita Ora and presenters Laura Whitmore and Laura Jackson on Monday,

Nathan shared a video of her behind the scenes on a shoot as he looked back on a lovely memory together.   

'I'll never forget you': Caroline Flack's manager and Rita Ora led tributes to their 'angel' on Instagram on Monday one year on from her tragic death

So sad: Nathan shared a moving video of his best friend as he thought of her

‘I’ll never forget you’: Caroline Flack’s manager and Rita Ora led tributes to their ‘angel’ on Instagram on Monday one year on from her tragic death 

Close friend: Laura Whitmore shared this lovely picture of herself with Caroline alongside a simple heart emoji

Close friend: Laura Whitmore shared this lovely picture of herself with Caroline alongside a simple heart emoji

TV presenter Laura Whitmore shared a lovely picture of herself with Caroline alongside a simple heart emoji

Rita wrote that Caroline is an ‘angel among us’ alongside a beautiful picture of them both. 

TV presenter Laura Jackson shared a couple of pictures of them both having fun at gigs. 

'Angel among us': Singer Rita shared a beautiful image of her friend as she remembered her

‘Angel among us’: Singer Rita shared a beautiful image of her friend as she remembered her 

She accompanied the snaps with a poignant image writing: ‘Thinking of you today, Carrie. You were amazingly infectious. You had this unbelievable powerful pull – the kind of pull that’s so hard to explain. 

‘You commanded every room you walked in – even though you had the smallest feet known to man. You were the most fun; wild, ridiculous, brilliant, unbelievable fun. 

‘Whenever anything ridiculous happened – good or bad – it was always “content for the book” You loved holidays, kids, dogs, singing, red wine, lips stick and drive throughs – especially a Macdonald’s Big Mac. 

Hilarious: She shared another great snap of Caroline, herself and Dawn O'Porter wearing wigs in happier times

Hilarious: She shared another great snap of Caroline, herself and Dawn O’Porter wearing wigs in happier times

'Love to all the Flacks': She shared the snaps with this beautiful accompanying caption

‘Love to all the Flacks’: She shared the snaps with this beautiful accompanying caption

‘I can never say the word Wally without thinking of you. You loved love. You really did love love. So many memories I know we will all treasure forever. Thank you for the good times – there were so many. 

‘And all the amazing people I have in my life because of you. You are and always will be a very special Wally. I loved you dearly. Love to all the Flacks today ❤️.’ 

And Lewis Burton, who was in a relationship with the TV presenter at the time of her death also shared a snap and wrote: ‘I’ll never forget you’. 

Her ex Andrew Brady, who she dated in 2018, also wrote that he would ‘never forget her.’

Caroline was found dead on February 15, aged 40, the day after hearing the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial for allegedly attacking her model and former tennis player boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, in December 2019. 

Beautiful: Nathan also shared this behind the scenes moment of Caroline singing

Beautiful: Nathan also shared this behind the scenes moment of Caroline singing 

Back in August, coroner Mary Hassell gave a verdict of suicide, saying: ‘I am entirely satisfied she intended to cause her own death. She hanged herself.

‘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. To me, that’s it in essence.’

It came after her mother, Christine, blasted a senior Met Police officer for appealing against the CPS’s decision to give her daughter a caution after her arrest despite officers finding her at the crime scene with an injury caused by self-harm.

Accusing Detective Inspector Lauren Bateman of treating her more harshly due to her celebrity status, Mrs Flack told the inquest: ‘She (Caroline) cut her arm (to cause serious injury to herself)… and you were putting an appeal in to get her prosecuted, you never bothered to see her.

‘If it had been… an ordinary person, you wouldn’t have prosecuted. I see domestic abuse and I just think you should be disgusted with yourself so there is nothing we can do to bring Caroline back. I hope in hindsight you do regret this. This girl killed herself because you put an appeal through.’

Remembering: Caroline's ex, Andrew Brady also posted a tribute to her

Remembering: Caroline’s ex, Andrew Brady also posted a tribute to her 

The ‘appeal’ referenced an initial decision by prosecutors to issue Flack with a caution, before DI Bateman, the senior Met officer in charge when the celebrity was taken into custody, applied for a formal charge instead. The final decision would have been made by a senior lawyer.

Prior to Mrs Flack’s intervention DI Bateman had denied treating the presenter more harshly because she was famous and insisted she ‘wouldn’t do anything differently’ if confronted with the case again today. She said a caution was not appropriate because Flack did not admit her guilt in a police interview.

Flack strongly denied assaulting Mr Burton, and had pleaded not guilty to assault by beating at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on December 23.

Her sister, Jody, said she tried to take her own life before the first court appearance, and then a further two times before she hanged herself at her London flat.

Flack’s family have repeatedly accused the authorities of pursuing a ‘show trial’ despite being aware of her worsening mental health.

The court also heard new details of a note that was found near her body, which read: ‘Please let this court case be dropped and myself and Lewis find harmony.’ 

The TV star’s twin, Jody, who is watching the inquest on a video link with her mother, Christine, confirmed the note was written in her sister’s handwriting.



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