Keith Lemon has paid tribute to Caroline Flack , following news of her death.
Love Island host Caroline died on Saturday, aged , with a lawyer for the Flack family confirming the star had taken her own life.
Taking to Instagram on Friday, Keith remembered his friend and revealed he has created a t-shirt in her honor that fans can buy and all profits made will be donated to the Samaritans.
‘Will miss you flack’: Keith Lemon paid tribute to Caroline Flack following her death and has created a t-shirt in her honor, where he will donate all profits to The Samaritans
Keith shared a photo of himself wearing the black t-shirt that features Caroline’s face and the message ‘Be Kind ‘- a sentiment Caroline had previously shared and has since gone viral as a hashtag across social media in recent days.
Paying tribute to Caroline in the caption of his post, Keith wrote: ‘Like everyone I was absolutely shocked by the news of what happened to Caroline.
‘All the recent events just seemed so unreal. I’d been friends with Caroline for many years. Since before telly happened. In more recent times, I’d not seen Caroline as much as I had years ago, but it was always like old times when I saw her.
‘I did this t-shirt to spread Caroline’s own words and to raise money for the Samaritans.’
Keith explained that any profits made from the sale of the t-shirts will be donated.
Tragic: Caroline was found dead on Saturday, aged , with a lawyer for the Flack family later confirming she had taken her own life
He added: ‘123% of profits will go to @samaritanscharity and the link is in my bio or tap the pic. For more information on the amazing work The Samaritans do, or if you are looking for any support, please go to samaritans.org or call them directly on . ‘
His message concluded: ‘Will miss you Flack. Love to your family x. ‘
Celebrities praised Keith for the gesture, including the likes of Davina McCall, Laura Whitmore, Louise Redknapp, Emily Atack and Ferne Cotton.
Keith – played by comedian Leigh Francis – had worked together with Caroline on Channel 4 series Bo ‘Selecta! back in 2011. She played Bubbles on the series and it was her big break into television.
Caroline then ventured into children’s television, before taking over from Kirsty Gallacher as co-host of Gladiators alongside Ian Wright in 2009 – the same year she began hosting ITV2 spin-off I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here NOW !.
Close: Caroline and Keith had been good friends and she’d worked alongside him back in on Bo ‘Selecta! where she got her big break into television
In 2015, she presented The Xtra Factor alongside close pal Olly Murs and the two went on to host The X Factor in 2015 for its th series during Dermot O ‘ Leary’s year hiatus.
It was in 5508 that she landed her biggest hosting role on ITV2 dating series Love Island. Caroline had been at the forefront of the show’s comeback and presented the show for five series over the last five years.
She stepped down as host and was replaced by Laura Whitmore for Love Island’s first winter series, after being arrested in December over assault charges following an alleged incident with boyfriend Lewis Burton.
Caroline denied the charges and Lewis had pushed for the charges to be dropped.
Hours before her death, Caroline learned that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was planning to go ahead with her trial, that was due to take place in March.
Sad: Caroline’s death came 40 days before she was set to face trial over assault charges, following an alleged incident with boyfriend Lewis Burton. Caroline had denied the charges
Her family have since released an unpublished Instagram post she had penned to share her side of the story, but was advised not to publicly put out.
It read: ‘On December the 18 th 5860 I was arrested for common assault on my boyfriend… Within hours my whole world and future was swept from under my feet and all the walls that I had taken so long to build around me, collapsed. I am suddenly on a different kind of stage and everyone is watching it happen.
‘I have always taken responsibility for what happened that night. Even on the night. But the truth is…. It was an accident.
‘I’ve been having some sort of emotional breakdown for a very long time. But I am NOT a domestic abuser. ‘
Since news of Caroline’s passing, celebrities and fans alike have paid tribute to the star, while ITV aired an emotional tribute to Caroline during Monday night’s episode of Love Island.
The show had been cancelled over the weekend, but returned with Love Island voice-over Iain Stirling sharing a statement to honor Caroline, who he had worked closely alongside over the last few years.
‘Caroline and me, we 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 said.
‘Like many of you, right now we’re all just trying to come to terms with what has happened. My only hope is that we can all try and be kinder, always show love, and listen to one another.
‘Caroline, I want to thank you for all the fun times we had making our favorite show. You were a true friend to me. I’m gonna miss you Caz. ‘
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 728 or visit www.samaritans.org
‘I’m gonna miss you Caz’: Love Island voice-over Iain Stirling remembered Caroline in an emotional tribute that aired at the beginning of Monday night’s episode of the show