Olly Murs ‘still in shock’ over Caroline Flack’s death

Olly Murs has recalled the heartbreaking moment he learned his good friend Caroline Flack had died while he was on holiday. 

The 35-year-old singer was enjoying a sun-kissed getaway with his girlfriend Amelia Tank over Valentine’s when the news broke that Caroline had tragically died by suicide at the age of 40 on 15 February. 

It was particularly devastating news for Olly who had developed a close friendship with the former Love Island host when they presented the X Factor and Xtra Factor together between 2011 and 2013.

Opening up about the moment he was informed of the death of his pal, Olly told The Sun: ‘Even answering this question doesn’t seem right, to be honest. I’m still in shock, really.

‘To think I won’t have a conversation, a laugh, work, or even just get a random voice note from Cazza again — I just can’t get my head around it.’ 

The Dance With Me Tonight singer remembers the precise moment his phone rang – at 2:23 am – and admits he’ll ‘never forget’ his manager breaking the upsetting news. 

‘I didn’t know what to do,’ Olly revealed.

‘My manager told me and I just stared at my phone for hours… I just didn’t want to believe it. 

‘I was numb to any feelings and then I just broke down.’ 

Sharing how he’s coping with the grief, Olly described it as a rollercoaster and said: ‘Since then I just have constant waves of emotions — one minute I’m OK, the next I’m so sad for her.

‘It’s hard, I’ll always miss Caz a lot.’ 

Following the news of Caroline’s death, Olly joined the flood of celebrities paying tribute to the beloved TV presenter. 

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Caz… ?? fuck this hurts! My heart is forever broken.. I’ve lost something today that I’ll never ever get back.. and that’s you. From the first moment we met in Birmingham 2011 and had literally 10mins to say hello, get mic’d up and head out to work together on Xtra. We never stopped laughing, flirting (who can forget that), eating cheeseburger chasers, singing (which I always loved hearing), the arguments (which I never won), the disagreements on what jokes to say or what outfits you should wear, these are the moments I’ve always cherished but right now as I write this it’s hit me I won’t have them moments again. I haven’t stopped crying since the news, after we stopped working together in 2015 we didn’t see each other as much as we should have but we always spoke on the phone or messaged plus whenever I did see ya out and about, like a sister we’d just kiss and make up and was back being us every single time. I remember messaging you at your toughest time to let you know that I never read or listened to any of the crap people were saying about you, I was just worried about my friend. I always knew how fragile you were but I never ever thought this would be the last contact we would have. We always said we was friends for life and trust me you will be with me forever. My kids will know you, my grandkids will and then I’ll see you again, give you a huge hug, a huge kiss, get mic’d up and have you by my side again. This will hurt forever, love you cazza, Your Ols ????

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In an Instagram post, the pop star wrote: ‘Caz… ?? f*ck this hurts! My heart is forever broken.. I’ve lost something today that I’ll never ever get back.. and that’s you. 

‘From the first moment we met in Birmingham 2011 and had literally 10mins to say hello, get mic’d up and head out to work together on Xtra. 

‘We never stopped laughing, flirting (who can forget that), eating cheeseburger chasers, singing (which I always loved hearing), the arguments (which I never won), the disagreements on what jokes to say or what outfits you should wear, these are the moments I’ve always cherished but right now as I write this it’s hit me I won’t have them moments again.’ 

The Troublemaker singer continued: ‘I haven’t stopped crying since the news, after we stopped working together in 2015 we didn’t see each other as much as we should have but we always spoke on the phone or messaged plus whenever I did see ya out and about, like a sister we’d just kiss and make up and was back being us every single time.’ 

A preliminary inquest confirmed that Caroline took her own life and a full inquest is expected to open on 5 August.

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