An inquest into the death of Caroline Flack has heard how paramedics were called to the TV star's house the night before she died.

Ms Flack, 40, was found hanged in her north-east London home on February 15 this year.

She was due to stand trial the following month for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton – a charge she denied.

Friends of the former Love Island host stayed the night at Ms Flack's house after she took tablets and warned she was suicidal, the resumed inquest in London heard this morning.

Mollie Grosberg told the inquest that she and Louise Teasdale, both long-term friends of Ms Flack, called for an ambulance on Friday, February 14, after the presenter sent a message saying she was going to kill herself.

The friends arrived at Ms Flack's house to find her barely conscious on her sofa, surrounded by tablets.

Ms Flack refused to go to hospital and denied that she had tried to take her own life when asked by paramedics, stating that she "had a headache" and was trying to get some sleep, the inquest heard.

Paramedic Tony Rumore described how Ms Flack was "alert" but "slightly lethargic" and still able to speak clearly.

He told the inquest that he advised her friends to stay with her and urged Ms Flack to go to her GP the next day, which she agreed to.

Caroline Flack

Ms Grosberg hit out at the medical professionals who attended to Ms Flack, telling the inquest they had a responsibility "to look after a person, not to ask her friends to babysit her".

Mr Rumore said he was not told about the TV star's previous suicidal tendencies by her friends, and said it would not have been possible to detain her under the Mental Health Act as she was not in a public place at the time.

Coroner Mary Hassell suggested Ms Flack may have been telling paramedics she was not suicidal to get them out of her house.

The following day, Ms Flack seemed angry at her friends for calling an ambulance and asked them to leave, the inquest was told.

Ms Flack's mother Chris attended the inquest at Poplar Coroner’s Court in east London remotely via videolink, along with Ms Flack's twin sister Jody Flack.

Flower tributes laid outside the home of former Love Island host on February 16

In a statement read in court, Chris said she believed her daughter was "seriously let down by the authorities and in particular the CPS for pursuing the case".

She described the court proceedings over the alleged assault of her boyfriend as a "show trial".

“Through all of this Caroline was told not to speak, not to tell her side of the story," her statement said.

Her statement added: “She never spoke badly of anyone and was totally loyal, that’s why she was always devastated when people close to her were happy to let her personal life appear in print.”

Twin sister Jody said she believed Ms Flack tried to kill herself in December, ahead of her first appearance in court.

She told the inquest she believed the shame was "too much to deal with" for her sister.

“Her life and reputation she worked hard to build was falling apart… because of a false accusation," she said.

Jodie added that sections of the press were “hounding her” and had paid the neighbours to inform them of her movements while the court proceedings were ongoing.

The inquest heard how Stephen Teasdale, father of Flack’s friend Louise, found Ms Flack dead in her home on February 15 after Jody phoned to say she could not get in.

He told the inquest that upon finding her hanged he brought her body down before Jody began CPR, which she continued until police arrived and took over.

Lewis Burton and Caroline Flack

Paramedic David O’Toole said it appeared Ms Flack had been “dead for a number of hours”.

A note was found on her coffee table, which referenced 'Lewis'.

In a written statement, Mr Burton told the inquest that Ms Flack was "not in a good place emotionally" the last time he saw her.

“Sometimes she talked about taking her own life when she was extremely upset," he said.

“The media were constantly bashing her character, writing hurtful stories … generally hounding her daily."

Ms Grosberg told the coroner how Ms Flack was “very loving”.

“She was very kind, she was very forgiving, she had a lot of friends, she was genuine," she said.

“She wasn’t like a typical celebrity, you would feel very comfortable around her."

Ms Grosberg added that Ms Flack's mental health seemed to deteriorate the more famous she got.

“Normally the kind of person she was, she could pick herself up," she told the inquest.

“But she couldn’t after December … she lost who she was and she couldn’t get it back.”

Ms Flack's death prompted an outpouring of sorrow from celebrity friends, colleagues and fans.

The phrase 'Be Kind' was used in countless tributes after it was posted by Ms Flack on social media in December.

The inquest continues.

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