PADDY McGuinness has shared some of his heartbreaking final messages that he exchanged with Caroline Flack, as he urged his followers to be there for family and friends.

The former Love Island presenter died aged 40 after taking her own life on Saturday.

The Bolton presenter shared a screenshot of his messages to his Instagram page.

A message from the TV presenter read: ‘Thanks xx xx.’

He replied: ‘Bit of time out and you’ll be good to go Flack,’ to which she said: ‘Thanks for reaching out x x.’

McGuinness captioned his post with a touching message.

It said: "Such a shame. We’re all fragile and we all need an arm around the shoulder and some reassurance from time to time.

"Check in on your friends and family. Rest peacefully Caroline. #ripcarolineflack."

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A statement released by Miss Flack's family said: "We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February.

"We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time and we would ask they make no attempt to contact us and/or photograph us.

A lawyer for the Flack family confirmed that Caroline took her own life and was found in her east London flat on Saturday.

Following the news of Flack's death, an ITV spokeswoman said: "Everybody at Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news.

"Caroline was a much loved member of the Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends."

The television star had been due to stand trial on March 4, after pleading not guilty to assault by beating following an early-morning altercation with her boyfriend Lewis Burton.