JOE Swash was supported by his Dancing On Ice co-star Alex Murphy last night as he paid an emotional tribute to Caroline Flack on the show.
The 36-year-old presenter has been left devastated by his pal’s tragic passing over the weekend and struggled as he took to the ice.
Following his performance to Robbie Williams' hit Candy, pro skater Alex took the lead talking to hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
She told them: “This was really hard to get through and do a happy number when he feels the way that he feels, so I’m so proud of him.”
Phillip addressed Joe saying: “We’ve got to point out to everyone that you were very, very close to Caroline. It’s been an amazingly tough day and she’d be so proud of you.”
The emotional actor replied: “I just want to send my love to her family and friends.”
Joe grew close to Caroline when they were both presenters on I'm A Celeb's spin-off show between 2009 and 2010.
Yesterday, he fought back tears as he spoke out on her death on his Instagram Story.
His voice cracked as he told fans: "I want to send a message to everyone and let everyone know that Caroline Flack was the most amazing person you could ever come across.
"She was funny, super talented, and she had the most infectious laugh.
"I wish that she could have asked for help because there's so many people that love her and I am going to miss her so much.
"We can't let this happen, we can't let this happen to anyone else."
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others.
You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
Former Love Island host Caroline, 40 – who was due in court next month on charges of assaulting her boyfriend – was found in her new flat on Saturday after taking her own life.
A family statement read: "We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February.
"We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time."
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 16123
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