Kate Bex QC provides an analysis of the inquest into the death of TV star Caroline Flack

August 20, 2020

Bafta award winning Love Island and X factor host Caroline Flack was found dead at her home in Stoke Newington, London on 15 February. A pathologist found that Ms Flack died from hanging. The inquest at Poplar Coroner’s Court took place over two days on 5 and 6 August with coroner Mary Hassell ruling that her death was suicide. The coroner said that Ms Flack had killed herself after an ‘exacerbation and fluctuation’ of ill health and distress. Kate Bex QC comments in the piece:

“One of the legitimate purposes of an inquest is to establish if there are lessons to be learned from past experiences. The first mental health awareness week in the UK was in 2001. The first Leveson enquiry reported in 2012 on the culture, practices and ethics of the press. I would venture to suggest that we have known for many years the lessons to be learned, but struggle to put them into practice.”

Read full piece here: [Law Gazette]