Dancing on Ice's Sean Rice dies aged 49 leaving co-stars 'heartbroken'
DANCING on Ice pro Sean Rice has died aged 49.
The ice skater tragically passed away on January 14 friends have said.
A spokesperson for Dancing On Ice confirmed: "We are all deeply saddened to hear this news.
"Sean was a wonderful skater and friend to many on the Dancing On Ice team. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time."
Fellow skater Frankie Poultney said: "Pro skaters are heartbroken today, we lost a true larger than life great – an epic skater, a husband, father, and my friend of 20 years.
"Sean Rice, 20/07/72 – 14/01/22 gone too soon, but we will Love You For A Thousand Years. All of our thoughts are with Signey and Jodeyne."
Sean took part on the show with Angela Rippon in 2011 and Chemmy Alcott the following year.
Chemmy paid tribute to Sean on Twitter, writing: "Have just heard the tragic news that Sean Rice, my partner from DOI, has passed away.
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"The world will miss your amazing energy and your healing hands. All my love to J and S."
Professional skater Matt Evers also shared tribute to Sean, writing: "One of the best… thank you Sean for your gift. This routine from The Professionals on Ice was incredible. It was a pleasure to know and work with you."
A GoFundMe was launched on Saturday following the news of Sean's death.
Organiser Mary White wrote: "The world has lost a great man – a coach, son, friend, husband and poppa bear. It's with immense sadness to say that Sean Rice has passed away.
"Sean was a passionate, larger than life man who would stop and give to anyone who needed him. It's with that same spirit, we are reaching out to everyone to pour prayers and love over Jodeyne and Signey during this very difficult time.
"So many people have reached out asking how they can help and so we have set up this Go Fund account to support Jodeyne and Signey at this time. Let's take care of them the same way Sean always took care of others."
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