Maura Higgins and Ann Summers cancel collection launch to respect Caroline Flack

Love Island star Maura Higgins has made the joint decision with Ann Summers to cancel her planned swimwear collection launch out of respect for Caroline Flack.

The TV host's funeral is due to take place later today, with her family asking for privacy at the intimate service.

Maura had planned on revealing her new collection at Ann Summers' racy store in north London on Tuesday evening.

A post shared on Ann Summers' official Instagram page, and retweeted by Maura, read: "We were looking forward to welcoming you to the Brunswick Store today to launch Maura Higgins' swim collection.

"However, having been in close contact with Maura, and out of respect to the funeral taking place later today, we've decided to postpone the event to tomorrow at 5pm."

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Caroline Flack tragically died on February 15.

She was just 40-years-old when she took her own life in her East London home.

Confirming her death, a statement from the Flack family read: "We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th 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."

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Caroline was awaiting trial at Highbury and Islington's Magistrates Court after being charged with assault by beating against her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.

She had pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against her and Lewis had publicly called for the CPS not to prosecute.

In a statement released by Caroline's mother shortly after her death, Caroline insisted she was innocent.

The post wasn't published when the ITV star was alive due to advice from those close to star at the time.

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In it, Caroline said: "The reason I am talking today is because my family can't take anymore.

"I've lost my job. My home. My ability to speak. And the truth has been taken out of my hands and used as entertainment.

"I can't spend every day hidden away being told not to say or speak to anyone.

"I'm so sorry to my family for what I have brought upon them and for what my friends have had to go through."

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