Keith Lemon creates charity t-shirt in honour of Caroline Flack

Susannah Alexander
Photo credit: Keith Lemon - Instagram

From Digital Spy

Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.

Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemon has revealed that he has designed a t-shirt in honour of late presenter Caroline Flack, who died last week at the age of 40 after taking her own life.

Keith, whose real name is Leigh Francis, shared a photo of himself on Instagram wearing the black t-shirt, which features a photo of Caroline and the words "be kind!"

"Like everyone I was absolutely shocked by the news of what happened to Caroline," he wrote alongside the photo. "All the recent events just seemed so unreal. I'd been friends with Caroline for many years. Since before telly happened. In more recent times I'd not seen Caroline as much as I had years ago, but it was always like old times when I saw her.

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"I did this t-shirt to spread Caroline's own words #Bekind, and to raise money for the Samaritans. 100% of profits will go to @samaritanscharity."

He went on to urge his followers to take a look at the work the Samaritans do and finished his message with "Will miss you Flack. Love to your family x".

His followers shared their support for his charity t-shirt, writing: "What a beautiful thing to do" and "wonderful idea – let's spread the BE KIND message".

Keith and Caroline previously starred together in comedy sketch show Bo' Selecta! and she also guested on Celebrity Juice several times.

Tributes to former Love Island host Caroline have poured in since the news broke, while her family have released a previously unpublished Instagram post she wrote before her death but was advised not to share.

In the post she 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."

Caroline's family, friends and fans have since been sharing the 'Be Kind' message, urging people to think carefully about what they say to others both in person and online.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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