Love Island pays tribute to Caroline Flack after she was found dead

Love Island has aired a solemn tribute to former host Caroline Flack, who was found dead in her home on February 15. 

The reality TV show pulled their Sunday night episode in the wake of Flack's death out of respect for her family. 

When the show returned on Monday (UK time), it began with a speech from the show's narrator Ian Stirling, who spoke over scenic images of the South African coastline, where the show is being filmed. 

"We are absolutely devastated by the tragic news that Caroline, a much-loved member of our Love Island family, has passed away," Stirling said. 

"Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this dreadful time.

"Caroline and me were together from the very start of Love Island and her passion, warmth and infectious enthusiasm were a crucial part of what made the show connect with millions of viewers," he continued. 

Stirling finished by thanking Flack for "all the fun times" they had making the show together. 

"I'm going to miss you, Caz," he concluded. 

Flack stepped down from her role as the host of Love Island late last year, after she was arrested and charged with assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton. 

On Christmas day, the TV presenter wrote an Instagram post about the pressures of being in the public eye in the midst of her legal troubles. 

"This kind of scrutiny and speculation is a lot to take on for one person to take on their own…" she wrote. 

"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." 

Flack's untimely demise takes the death toll of former Love Island stars to three. Two previous contestants have died by suicide in recent years: Sophie Gradon in 2018 and Mike Thalassitis last year.