Caroline Flack was getting death threats and being 'bombarded in every way possible' before taking her own life, according to friend Stephanie Davis.

Stephanie, who wants a new law brought in to prevent similar tragedies, says the former Love Island presenter was the victim of online bullying.

Caroline Flack was found dead at the age of 40 at her home in east London on Saturday after taking her own life.

Caroline was bombarded in every way possible to the point she felt she had no way out. She was getting bullied online, death threats, it was horrific what was happening to her everything was printed in the papers. A lot of the things which I found as well. I've been sat at home when I was going through my bad time with the press and they called me up and asked my if a certain situation was true. And I could say it categorically wasn't true but they'd still run it.

Stephanie Davis
Flowers outside Caroline Flack's former home

Stephanie wants stricter laws to protect people in the public eye and her petition has reached nearly 500,000 signatures.

'Caroline's Law' proposes to prevent newspapers, magazines, all forms of media and paparazzi from:

  • Releasing information that there is no evidence for and is therefore false

  • Printing source quotes from anyone or an unreliable source

  • Invading privacy and sharing private information that is detrimental to the celebrity, their mental health and those around them

  • Paparazzi taking and printing images without permission

  • Releasing an individuals private medical or health related information or their sexual orientation

  • Releasing articles about leaked explicit photos, videos and revenge porn

  • Stricter legal boundaries regarding unwanted trespassing nearby the property where the individual resides, or is visiting

People say celebrities put themselves out there, they should accept that. But people make mistakes, people mess up we're not on this planet to be perfect we learn by our mistakes. We should be helping people and trying to find a away through that than jumping on the bandwagon and persecuting people to feed your own ego.

Stephanie Davis

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