Sophie Gradon’s mum slams government probe into reality TV after Caroline Flack’s tragic death

The mother of tragic Love Island star Sophie Gradon has slammed the government inquiry into reality TV after Caroline Flack became the third person linked to the ITV show to take their own life.

Deborah spoke out on her Twitter account following the death of Caroline, 40, who was found dead in her London apartment on 15 February.

Deborah's daughter Sophie, 32, was the first person involved in the show to take their own life in June 2018, after she struggled with anxiety and depression.


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Mike Thalassistis, 26, was found just one year later in March 2019, hanged in a park in Edmonton, north London.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee from the British House of Commons launched an inquiry into reality TV shows in 2019 in the wake of the two deaths as well as Jeremy Kyle Show guest Steve Dymond.

A notice on the website has since announced that the inquiry has been closed "due to the general election" that took place on 12 December 2019.


While it's been left open to continue the probe "in the future", it has not been updated to reveal whether it will start again following Caroline's tragic death.

But Deborah has now taken to her social media account to blast the government's probe as she told her 2,017 followers that the inquiry has been "swept under the carpet".

She wrote: "Inquiry into ITVS duty of care to participants The DCMS Committee’s decision to launch the inquiry into reality TV comes after the death of a guest on The Jeremy Kyle Show and the deaths of two former contestants in the reality dating show LoveIsland. NOW CONCLUDED #CarolinesLaw". [sic]


Deborah followed this by saying: "re previous: The Inquiry has not been concluded but swept under the carpet. Not so much a lump but a Landmine. [sic]

"Truth, Respect & Honesty are not alot to ask for when precious lives are at risk. It's our RIGHT". [sic]

An inquest into Caroline's death confirmed she died by hanging on Wednesday 19 February.

Caroline, 40, was found hanged at her home in east London on Saturday, a coroner confirmed at Poplar Coroner’s Court today.

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Caroline’s friend Nicola McLean spoke of how she sent a "worrying" message to close friends on her Instagram before she died.

Speaking to Dan Wootton on his Talkradio Drive Time show, Nicola said she thought Caroline "wasn’t in a great way" after she posted one particular message on her Instagram, which was only shared with a close-knit selection of Caroline’s followers.

Nicola explained: "She'd made her Instagram to just her close friends, so there were not very many people on there, and she posted something where I could tell she wasn't in a great way."

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