BBC show Strictly Come Dancing has tonight released a statement to express the cast’s sadness at the news of the death of former winner Caroline Flack. The star won the show back in 2014 alongside Pasha Kovalev and the show’s family were left “heartbroken” to hear of her passing.
The news of the TV star’s death came out earlier today after it was confirmed she had been found in her East London flat.
Caroline is most well-known for being the host of ITV reality show Love Island but some will remember her from her stint on Strictly back in 2014.
She eventually won the competition, lifting the coveted Glitterball Trophy back in 2014 with partner Pasha.
The pair wowed throughout their time on the show as Caroline delivered a series of memorable routines including a breathtaking show dance to Angels by Robbie Williams.
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Tonight, a statement was put out on the Strictly Come Dancing official Twitter account after the news emerged of Caroline’s death.
It read: “The entire Strictly Come Dancing family are heartbroken to hear this incredibly sad news.
“Caroline had an infectious energy and passion for dance, she shone brightly in the Strictly ballroom every week and became an incredible champion.
“Words cannot express our sadness, she was simply one of a kind.
“My favourite champion of all time, I’m so incredibly sad,” said a third.
“I enjoyed that series. She was a fab contestant. And she had a great partnership with Pasha,” noted another.
She also returned four years later for the Strictly Christmas special dancing with a different professional, Gorka Marquez.
JLS star Aston Merrygold won the special but she told viewers: “My Glitterball still has pride of place in my living room.”
Many of the Strictly family have tweeted their sadness at the news individually after Caroline’s death.
Presenter Tess Daly stated: “Absolutely shocked and devastated at this tragic news. Rest in peace Caroline you beautiful girl. My heart goes out to your family and loved ones at this time XXXX.”
Her co-host Claudia Winkleman tweeted: “Such heartbreaking news. Sending so much love to Caroline’s family and friends. XXX.”
Judge Bruno Tonioli shared: “Just can’t believe it… Always so much fun to be around, such sad news RIP #bekind #carolineflack.”