Phillip Schofield breaks down on Dancing on Ice as he talks Caroline Flack

Philip Schofield broke down into tears as he spoke out on the death of Caroline Flack on Dancing on Ice.

A clearly emotional Philip said: "Welcome to Dancing on Ice.

"We'd like to begin tonight's show by taking a moment to remember Caroline Flack in light of yesterday's awful news.

"All our thoughts are with her family."

Co-host Holly Willoughby added: "Many of us knew her personally as a friend. As Caroline once said in a world where you can be anything be kind."

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Former Love Island host Caroline Flack, 40, was tragically found dead in her east London home after taking her own life.

Flack stepped down from presenting ITV's Love Island after she was arrested on suspicion of assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, at her Islington, north London flat in December last year.

She was replaced by Laura Whitmore who is hosting the current winter edition of the show, set in South Africa.

In a statement, ITV said: "Many people at ITV knew Caroline well and held her in great affection. All of us are absolutely devastated at this tragic news.

“After careful consultation between Caroline’s representatives and the Love Island production team and given how close we still are to the news of Caroline’s tragic death we have decided not to broadcast tonight’s Love Island out of respect for Caroline’s family.

"Love Island will return tomorrow night which will include a tribute to Caroline who will be forever in our hearts.”

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Fans took to Twitter in support of Phil and Holly and to pay respect to Caroline.

One user wrote: "Beautiful tribute to Caroline Flack from Phillip and Holly on Dancing on Ice. If only she knew how much she was loved. #DancingOnIce".

Layton Smith wrote: "Start of dancing on ice genuinely made me heart drop, it has not sunk in about caroline flack yet. be kind to everyone please."

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