CAROLINE Flack's closest friends wore "Choose Love" T-shirts to her funeral yesterday as they gave her a final send-off.
The 40-year-old's pals posted pictures from her wake as they revealed they "promised to look after her family".
Caring Lou Teasdale – who stayed overnight with the star before her death – cuddled Caroline's boyfriend Lewis Burton as they comforted one another on a difficult day.
Lou simply wrote on Instagram: "Bye beautiful" with a broken heart emoji.
She had stuck by Caroline’s side all night on Valentine's Day, but was the last person to see her alive after she took her own life just minutes after Lou left the flat the following morning.
TV producer Mollie Grosberg – who has taken in Caroline's dog Ruby – shared a photo of her kissing Lou's cheek, with the caption: "Bye bye my beauty. I’ll never ever not think about you every second of every day. We love you so much and we are smiling today just for you. The sun shone."
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others.
You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
In a joint statement, her friends Simon Carroll and Liam Pikett wrote on Instagram: "Family is the cornerstone of any world that turns, Carrie’s was no different.
"We feel lucky to have spent valued time with Joe, Chris and your family.
"Often at times of grief things can be simple, or too complicated – what I know is that the ebb and flow, tension and resolve is ultimately born out of love.
"Whether it’s the family you were born into or the additional family you chose in life, you taught us all the importance of valuing and celebrating the here and now.
"Reminding us at every point to always be kind. We will always be here for your family Caroline, as we promised.
"Our relationships with each other – will continue to deepen. We will remember you dressed in sunshine at Glastonbury, Nice, Petit Ermitage, Dubai, Islington and in any Soho House from London to LA.
We love you Caroline, we will celebrate you in the quiet moments and always think of you with your hands in the air, perfect legs and really, really tiny feet still dancing – and singing at the top of your lungs."
They then quoted Caroline's favourite song If You Like Pina Coladas.
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 16123
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