Jack Whitehall paid an emotional tribute to Caroline Flack this evening at the BRITs this evening.

The beginning of the music awards show began on a more somber note as Jack addressed the former Love Island presenter's tragic death at the weekend.

Caroline was found dead at the age of 40 at her east London home on Saturday morning. Her family confirmed that she had taken her own life.

After singer Mabel's opening performance this evening, Jack initially joked about the artists at the ceremony before speaking about Caroline.

He said: "I just wanted to add that, over the weekend, we learnt the awful news that a member of the BRITs family, our friend Caroline Flack, tragically passed away.

Jack paid tribute to Caroline Flack this evening

"She was a kind and vibrant person with an infectious sense of fun. She will be sorely missed. I think I will be speaking for everyone here when I say that our thoughts are with her friends and family."

This comes after Love Island also paid tribute to Caroline last night, which had been put together by the ITV2 show's crew in South Africa and tearful narrator Iain Stirling.

Iain's voice cracked towards the end of his tribute as he said: "I'm going to miss you, Caz."

The programme began with footage of the cliffs and sea as narrator Iain said: "We are all absolutely devastated by the news that Caroline has passed away."

"Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this dreadful time.

"Caroline and me were together from the 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.

"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 are try and be kinder, always show love, and listen to one another.

Footage of the beaches in South Africa was shown as Iain spoke about Caroline

"Caroline, I want to thank you for all the times we had making this show.

"You were a true friend to me.

"I'm gonna miss you, Caz."

Earlier, ITV boss Kevin Lygo broke his silence about the presenter and said that everyone at ITV was "absolutely devastated and still trying to process the news".

Iain spoke about friend Caroline on the programme

He said: "Caroline was part of Love Island from the very beginning and her passion, dedication and boundless energy contributed to the show’s success.

"After Caroline stepped down from the show ITV made it clear that the door was left open for her to return and The Love Island production team remained in regular contact with her and continued to offer support over the last few months.

"Love Island will return tonight and will include a tribute to Caroline that the team in South Africa and Iain Stirling have put together.

"Caroline loved Love Island and was very vocal in her support of the show. Viewers could relate to her and she to them and that was a big part of the programme’s success. We will all miss her very much."

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He also added about tonight's Just Eat adverts: "In light of this weekend's tragic events, Just Eat and ITV have worked with Samaritans to replace the idents for this evening's episode of Love Island so that anyone affected by Caroline's death can access support."

ITV2 have also cancelled spin-off show Aftersun this evening in the wake of the tragedy.

Tributes poured in for the presenter at the weekend, with Laura Whitmore , who replaced Flack on Love Island for the latest series, tweeting: "I'm trying to find the words but I can't", followed by a broken heart emoji.

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Dermot O'Leary who previously worked alongside Flack on The X Factor, posted a picture of the pair of them together on Instagram .

He said: "Just the worst news. Poor soul. Sending love to hers, and yours. Hold them tight tonight people. X Candles lit."

Caroline began her television career back in 2001 when she appeared in TV movie Is Harry on the Boat?

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She had had a number of other acting jobs but it was presenting that made her a huge star.

Caroline worked on shows including Fame Academy, I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and its spin-off, Britain's Got More Talent and The X Factor .

Then came Love Island, a dating reality show which quickly turned into the jewel in ITV's crown.

She hosted the ITV2 show and its spin off Aftersun from 2015 to 2019.

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