Caroline Flack’s best friend shares heartbreaking tribute to star to mark World Mental Health Day

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Caroline Flack’s best friend Lou Teasdale has penned a heartbreaking tribute to the late star to mark World Mental Day.

Stylist Lou, 36, was one of the last people to see Caroline before her tragic death on February 15 at her London home at the age of 40.

Urging people to “be kind” Lou shared a beautiful old black and white photo of herself with Caroline, in which she’s seen smiling with her friend.

Alongside the image, Lou wrote: “It’s cool to be kind #worldmentalhealthday.”

The tribute comes after Strictly Come Dancing paid an emotional tribute to Caroline on Saturday’s episode, leaving viewers in tears.

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The former Love Island host broke records on the dancing competition show when she competed back in 2014 with professional dancer Pasha Kovalev as she became the first person to score the maximum 40 points in all three of her dances in the final.

Judges and dancers on the programme, including Claudia Winkleman, 48, Tess Daly, 51, Craig Revel Horwood, 55, Bruno Toniolo, Janette Manrara and former contestant Frankie Bridge, 31, all paid tribute to the star in a heartwarming video on Saturday 10 October evening.

Frankie said: "I remember her as an absolutely stunning performer, she was just beautiful to watch.

"It just meant so much to her."

Blowing a kiss to the camera, 64 year old Bruno said: "We will always love Caroline and we will never forget you my love."

Caroline's close friend Janette, 36, couldn't help but break down into tears as she talked about how stunning the star's dancing was on the show. "Caroline Flack, whenever she was around you couldn't help smile and laugh," she said.

Janette added: "Watching her do that dance, just how beautiful she looked in white, I think it's a memory I will hold really close to my heart forever and ever."

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Her partner on the programme, Pasha, 40, added: "We saw how she transformed into that beautiful dancer with a big heart on her sleeve."

Fans of both the programme and Caroline, whosefriend Louise Redknapp also paid tribute to her,flocked to social media platform Twitter to voice their opinions on the tribute, with many admitting they were left crying.

One person wrote: "Did anyone else watch #Strictly and cry their eyes out at the #CarolineFlack tribute? What a waste of a life Please be kind. Think twice before you type. You don’t know what impact your words could have." [sic] followed by three broken heart emojis.

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"Literally sobbing at #Strictly tribute to Caroline Flack. Even more poignant today on #WorldMentalHealthDay What a beautiful woman. What an incredibly dark place she must have been in." [sic] another said.

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visitwww.samaritans.org .

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