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Dawn O’Porter gathers friends to remember Caroline Flack

Dawn O’Porter and husband Chris O’Dowd gathered their close friends last night, to honour the late Caroline Flack.

The former Love Island presenter sadly passed away over the weekend, at the age of 40.

Remembering their dear friend, Dawn – and those closest to her – celebrated Caroline’s life.

“We asked some of our friends to meet us in a pub to raise a glass to Caroline,” she began. “Chris and I are so devastated. We just cry and cry. We can’t stop. We loved her so much.”

She continued, “We shared our stories. We laughed, we got mad. We cried even more. I feel like I’ll never stop crying.

“Then she came on the TV in the pub. The guy on the news was saying how tragic her death was. It was so strange.

“A group of people were talking about her and I yelled ‘SHE WAS MY FRIEND’. And they raised a glass to her too, and I told them how fun and special she was.

“We all agreed we need to take care of each other and be kind. It’s all we can do. Oh my love.”

It’s been a very difficult week for those in Caroline’s inner circle.

Friend and colleague Laura Whitmore bid an emotional goodbye to Caroline on her BBC radio show on Sunday morning, just hours after the news of her passing broke.

“I wish we were talking under better circumstances and I’d been debating whether I should, would or could come on air today. But this isn’t about me, yesterday we lost someone before their time,” she said.

“At age 40 Caroline Flack made the decision to take her own life and I want to talk about it. I want to talk about it, I want to talk about her and give her the respect that she deserves and that she didn’t always get.

“Anyone who knew Caroline knew she was vivacious, loving and had a passion for life, which is why none of this makes sense.

“I met her just shy of 10 years ago at V Festival and then we became friends. She was bubbly and for such a small stature, commanded a room. She loved to laugh and had the most infectious chuckle. She also had many struggles. I’m not going to pretend that she was perfect, but is anyone?”

“I’d like to thank BBC and ITV for the support that I’ve had and those who’ve supported my decision to come in today as I felt it was the right thing to do.

“Thank you to my boyfriend, the kindest man I know, to the whole Love Island family who are in mourning of their colleague and friends, and have been a great support over the last few hours. I love you.

To everyone, be kind in what you say. I’m going to carry on today and get through this show as that’s what Caroline would say to do. Caroline, I’m so sad for you, for your family. I’m angry that you saw this as your only option as I know how much love and support you had, I’m sorry you didn’t know that. I’m not sure when but I’ll see you on the dance floor again and I hope you’re at peace and know that you are loved.”

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