Caroline Flack's inquest resumes today six months after star's tragic death

Caroline Flack's friends and twin sister tried desperately to break into the house where she killed herself after leaving a note about Lewis Burton, the star's inquest heard today. 

The 40-year-old former Love Island and X Factor presenter was found hanged at her home in Stoke Newington, north-east London, on February 15, 2020.      

The first witness statement was that of Stephen Teasdale, father of Flack's friend Louise, who said he went to the scene after the star's sister Jody phoned to say she could not get in to Flack's address.

He said: 'We came to the flat and tried to force entry. We thought about phoning the police but knew the landlady ... We got the key and let ourselves into the flat.'

Mr Teasdale said he found Flack's lifeless body, hanged.

He said: 'I brought her (down) and Jody started CPR. We were giving CPR for somewhere between five and ten minutes, then the police took over.'

On a coffee table was a note that referenced, positively, 'Lewis', believed to be Flack's boyfriend Lewis Burton. 

Caroline Flack attending National Television Awards at the O2 in London on January 22, 2019

Caroline Flack attending National Television Awards at the O2 in London on January 22, 2019

The 40-year-old former Love Island and X Factor star was found hanged at her home in Stoke Newington, north-east London, on February 15, 2020

The 40-year-old former Love Island and X Factor star was found hanged at her home in Stoke Newington, north-east London, on February 15, 2020 

Paramedic David O'Toole said he entered the property later and saw two women distraught on a sofa.

He said the victim appeared to have been 'dead for a number of hours' and that the women said they last saw her alive at 10.30am that day.

One of the crew pointed to a handwritten note placed on an open magazine on the coffee table, which referenced 'Lewis'. 

Pc Tim Child said there was evidence of suicide attempts elsewhere in the property. 

Det Sgt Jonathan Maharaj said there was evidence of 'a number of calls' made and received on Flack's mobile phone, and that she conducted searches for 'people who blame' as well as for suicide.

Coroner Mary Hassell welcomed Flack's mother, Christine, and sister, Jody, to the hearing. They are watching via a video link. 

In her opening remarks resuming the inquest, she said: 'We are here simply to find the answer to four questions - who died, when they died, where they died and how they came about their death.'

The court heard the deceased was born Caroline Louise Flack, on November 9, 1979 in Enfield, her occupation was a television presenter, and that she died at home in Stoke Newington on February 15.     

Pathologist Professor Michael Sheaff found Flack died from hanging.

Ms Lewis said Flack had 'a bandaged finger' following a fight with her boyfriend, 'but said it was nothing more than a lover's tiff, heightened by alcohol'.

Ms Lewis added: 'I spent much of the time listening to her concerns about the current media storm, her relationships and her family.

'Her mood appeared low with a reactive effect, for example every time her phone notified her. She reported having panicky feelings all day ... a sense of impending doom.'

She said Flack did not say she had suicidal intent.

'She said

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