The host of the UK’s version of Love Island, Caroline Flack, has been found dead aged 40.

A lawyer for her family said the star had taken her own life.

Flack stood down from the show in December after she was charged by police for allegedly assaulting her partner. She was due to stand trial next month.

The family said in a statement: “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February.

“We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time and we would ask they make no attempt to contact us and/or photograph us.”