Strictly Come Dancing judges and cast in tears during Caroline Flack tribute

Strictly Come Dancing stars and judges have paid tribute to Caroline Flack during an emotional episode of The Best Of… The Final.

Set to air this Saturday, the likes of Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, and her partner Pasha Kovalev remembered the 2014 champion, who died by suicide on February 15 of this year.

In the retrospective of Strictly, looking back at highlights from the past 16 years, the final episode closes with a poignant tribute to the Love Island presenter.

‘She loved every moment of being on Strictly,’ remembered Craig.

‘We will always love Caroline and we will never forget her,’ added Bruno, before blowing a kiss to the camera and a smiling: ‘We love you, my love.’

Pasha said winning Strictly with the presenter was ‘incredible’ and stressed lifting the Gitterball trophy with Caroline ‘will always hold a special place in my heart’.

Janette Manrara fought back tears as she praised the star’s show dance, when Caroline performed a weep-inducing routine to Robbie Williams Angels.

‘You could feel she was lost in the moment,’ explained Janette. ‘As a performer you can’t ask for more. It is a memory I hold close to my heart.

‘I think overall she would have said her Strictly journey was magical. I’m so happy she was able to pick up that Glitterball and win.’      

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Caroline was found dead at her London home on February 15, 2020, with her death being ruled as suicide at an inquest in August.

Her death came a day after discovering the Crown prosecution Service were continuing her trial for allegedly assaulting boyfriend Lewis Burton.

A coroner ruled Caroline had ‘fluctuating mental ill health, she had had struggles in the past.

‘She had had difficulties. In spite of the fact she may have led – to some – a charmed life, actually the more famous she got the more some of these difficulties increased – she had to deal with the media in a way most of us don’t.

‘It was played out in the national press – and that was incredibly difficult for her. She faced the prospect of not working in the job she loved, losing a great deal.

‘I find the reason for her taking her life was she now knew she was being prosecuted for certainty, and she knew she would face the media, press, publicity – it would all come down upon her. To me, that’s it in essence.’

Strictly Come Dancing The Best Of… The Final airs Saturday at 8.10pm on BBC One.

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