FORMER Love Island host Caroline Flack has died, her family said.

The 40-year-old stood down from her roll on the hit ITV2 show after allegations emerged she had hit her boyfriend. She was due to stand trial in a matter of weeks.

The circumstances surrounding her death have yet to be released.

Her family confirmed her death in a statement, it said: "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."