According to the Eastern Daily Press, psychiatrist Tamsin Lewis told the court Flack "said she had been drinking excessively to numb herself" and "reported having panicky feelings all day."
The post-mortem examination found that no alcohol was present in Flack's body at the time of her death. She had a slightly raised level of the insomnia drug zopiclone in her system, plus the recommended therapeutic levels of diazepam.
"Caroline seemed very sad the day before her death — she seemed to have lost her fight," Flack's twin sister, Jody, said during the hearing on Wednesday, according to reports.
Jody said she became alarmed when she couldn't contact her sister on the night of her death, and called friend Louise Teasdale to help. Louise and her dad Stephen rushed to Flack's apartment.
According to the Evening Standard, after retrieving a spare key from the landlady, Stephen managed to enter the home and found Flack unconscious.
"Heartbreak is something Caroline found extremely difficult. She attempted to take her own life the night before she appeared in court. I believe the shame … was too much to deal with," Jody reportedly told the court. "Her life and reputation she worked hard to build was falling apart. … It was our belief it would not be happening to her if she wasn't in the public eye."
Flack's mother added, "She lost the job she worked so hard at. I was with her the weekend before her death, in her new flat. When I said goodbye to her that day I never thought it would be for the last time."
The inquest continues Thursday.
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