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The Voice UK coach Olly Murs honoured the memory of his late friend and former colleague Caroline Flack in tonight’s (September 10) episode.
Famed for presenting Love Island, Flack died by suicide at the age of 40 in February 2020.
As it’s officially World Suicide Prevention Day, the pop singer got out of his big red chair for a rendition of Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’, conducting the crowd as they joined in.
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Emotions were understandably running high, with Olly pointing up to the sky, holding back tears.
“Love you,” he said as fellow coaches Anne-Marie, will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones clapped along with the studio audience.
This special moment was enjoyed by everyone over on Twitter too, as The Voice UK fans praised Olly for the tribute.
See some reactions below:
Olly singing for Caroline Flack I’m in tears 😭 #TheVoice
@ollymurs So poignant you dedicating Sweet Caroline on #WorldSuicidePreventionDay 💕 #TheVoice
Nice touch from @ollymurs dedicating sweet carloline to Caroline flack
Ollie singing Sweet Caroline for Caroline Flack 😪 #TheVoice pic.twitter.com/VqQCuv97uc
A nice tribute to Caroline Flack there #TheVoice #TheVoiceUK
Not me crying to Sweet Caroline #TheVoice @ollymurs
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By doing this tonight, Olly repeated a gesture from back in August 2021, when he performed ‘Sweet Caroline’ out on tour.
Next to a video from the stage, his caption read: “For you caz! @newmarket_racecourses 2021 what a crowd! Was great to be back on stage again! Loved it and loved you all for coming!”
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.
The Voice UK continues next Saturday (September 17) on ITV at 8pm.