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Shock death of Caroline Flack leaves footballers disgusted

The shock and sad death of well known former Love Island presenter Caroline Flack leaves footballers disgusted on social media this afternoon.

Many current and former players today voiced their disappointment at the trolls and media that pushed her to take her own life.

Tonight’s tragic news becomes the third death to the ITV2 reality show former stars throwing the show’s future into question.

Contestants Mike Thalassitis, who was a former Stevenage and non league footballer, and Sophie Graydon took their own lives following their appearances on the dating programme.

Flack’s sad passing comes just weeks before she was due to go on trial for assaulting partner Lewis Burton who in December accused her of hitting him with a lamp.

Her family have been informed and in a statement tonight they said: “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February.

“We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.”

As mentioned, the shock death of Caroline Flack leaves footballers disgusted.

Manchester United and England player Jesse Lingard posted:

Experienced former EFL star David Cotterill wrote in a viral tweet: “People and the media will be tweeting RIP Caroline Flack are the ones who hounded her. The media is a fucking joke they are allowed to do what they want. Pushing for a story for what to have someone take there own life. Fucking disgrace.”

 

Former Rochdale player and cancer survivor Joe Thompson posted a heartfelt message, which was shared by footballer Billy Clarke and no doubt a huge amount of other well known names.

 

Arsenal footballer Joe Willock said: “Trolling and abusing people on social media has detrimental effects . Understand that everyone’s human, nobody is perfect. Be kind.”

That tweet was retweeted by Wolves and Doncaster player Niall Ennis.

 

Ex-EFL turned non league player Ryan Bird shared a video showing the stories by the Mirror about Flack.

 

Bristol Rovers defender Mark Little tweeted: “I came on here to talk about Alfies goal….but reading about Caroline flack really puts things into perspective. ?”

 

David Buchanan of Chesterfield FC wrote: “Absolutely heartbreaking news about @carolineflack1!! British media again destroying people.. yet the vultures will have the story as headline news for their own gain! ??”

 

Whitehawk’s Hogan Ephraim added: “People wanna mock, take the piss and throw any shade online….then they send their condolences ?…realize what’s important people, clout and even money isn’t that big a deal. Rest well Caroline ❤️”

 

Wingate & Finchley’s Bradley Woods-Garness said: “I can’t believe what I have just seen “Caroline Flack” dead the world is a horrible place ???????? #RIPcarolineflack”

Barnet’s Shaq Coulthirst simply put: “Love Island Is Getting Cancelled Soon…”

 

Her sad death comes on the same day clubs up and down the country united in support of the #HeadsUp campaign, to kick off the biggest-ever conversation around mental health.

Spearheaded by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, the season-long campaign aimed to harness the influence and popularity of football to normalise the conversation around mental health, working closely with charity partners Mind, CALM and Sporting Chance.

Clubs featured Heads Up branding across stadiums, programmes and player kit and showcased the work they do to improve mental health in their communities.

Whether you or someone you know is struggling, or if you want to help dispel the stigma, kick off a conversation about mental health. Join the conversation using #KickOffAConversation and #HeadsUp.

Find out more and get tips from Heads Up’s charity partners (Mind, CALM, Sporting Chance and Heads Together) – visit www.headstogether.org.uk/heads-up.

Those wanting immediate support can also text ‘HeadsUp’ to 85258 to connect with a trained crisis volunteer – a service run by ‘Shout’ and powered by Crisis Text Line, which is available 24/7 and free to text from most mobile networks.

For further advice and support please visit www.mind.org.uk. To learn more about the EFL’s partnership with Mind, please visit: mind.org.uk/onyourside.

Next time, think twice before giving a player or anyone else for that matter serious grief online, because you never really know how much damage you are causing.

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