Brit Awards 2020 host Jack Whitehall pays tribute to Love Island's Caroline Flack

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The Brit Awards have honoured the late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack.

Brits host Jack Whitehall closed his monologue at the awards show on Tuesday (February 18) with a solemn tribute to Flack, whom he referred to as a member of "the Brits family" due to her previous work as a backstage presenter for the Brits.

"Over the weekend, we learned the awful news that a member of the Brits family, our friend Caroline Flack, tragically passed away," he told viewers.

"She was a kind and vibrant person with an infectious sense of fun. She will be sorely missed. I'm sure I speak for everyone here when I say that our thoughts are with her friends and family."

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Flack tragically passed away over the weekend at the age of 40 years old, drawing tributes from so many of her contemporaries and friends in the TV and music industry.

Her Love Island successor Laura Whitmore described Flack as someone who "loved to love", adding that her work on the ITV2 show was important because it was "about finding love, friendship, having a laugh".

Whitmore's boyfriend and Love Island narrator Iain Stirling opened Monday's edition of the show with his own sombre goodbye to his late friend, saying: "Like many of you, right now we're just trying to come to terms with what has happened.

"My only hope is that we can all try and be kinder, always show love, and listen to one another.

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"Caroline, I want to thank you for all the fun times we had, making our favourite show. You were a true friend to me. I'm going to miss you, Caz."

The Brit Awards aired on ITV on Tuesday (February 18) live from the O2 Arena in London, hosted by Jack Whitehall.

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