Billie Faiers posts sweet message to Dancing On Ice co-stars as she misses show after death of grandmother

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Dancing On Ice star Billie Faiers was absent from the show this week after the passing of her grandmother Nanny Wendy.

Billie and her sister Sam Faiers were left heartbroken as their beloved grandmother died aged 77.

The reality stars' Nanny Wendy had been diagnosed with pneumonia before her death, which has come as a complete "shock" to the sisters.

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A source close to Sam, 30, and Billie, 31, told MailOnline: "The girls are completely devastated.

"They were very close with their Nan and her passing has come as a complete shock to the family."

While mourning the tragic loss of Nanny Wendy, who was the mum of their biological father Lee Faiers, Billie has taken a week away from Dancing On Ice.

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However the 31 year old still took to Instagram to wish her co-stars good luck ahead of their performances.

The blonde beauty penned: “GOOD LUCK TO my WHOLE @dancingonice team tonight you are going to be amazing.

“I will be cheering you all on” the star added.

The mum-of-two, who will be returning to the show the following week, is partnered with pro skater Mark Hanretty.

And the Dancing On Ice team sent love to Billie and her family during the difficult time.

“Sadly due to a family bereavement this week Billie Shepherd is taking a break from the ice and won't be on Sunday's show,” a spokesperson for the show said.

They added: “We look forward to her returning next week and send her all of our love at this sad time.”

After the passing of Nanny Wendy, Billie and Sam’s father shared a statement which read: "My beautiful mum lost her short battle with pneumonia on Wednesday afternoon.

"My mum idolised my daughters as she did all of her grandchildren. She thought of Suzanne as a daughter, they were very close.

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"I am completely devastated. This is the only statement I am doing. Please respect our family’s privacy at this time."

The sisters have regularly posted photos with their Nanny across their social media accounts. In 2019, the family even went on a glamorous holiday in Newport, Wales, where they stayed in a five star Celtic Manor Resort.

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At the time, Billie shared an adorable photo of herself, Sam, mother Suzie, 51, and Wendy, all looking gorgeous as the sunlight beamed on them.

It was captioned: "Three generations. We learnt from the best".

Last year, Nanny Wendy also attended Billie's 30th birthday celebrations, where she dressed up an all-gold ensemble for the Great Gatsby-themed party.

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