ITV Dancing On Ice star Sean Rice has died at just 49.
Professional ice skating who was a part of Dancing On Ice in 2011 and 2012, died on January 14th, according to family members.
Frankie Poultney, who is an acquaintance of Sean and a an intimate friend of Sean posted the news of Sean’s death on Twitter The Mirror says.
Frankie posted: “Pro skaters are heartbroken this day, as we lost a real big-than-life great legendary skater and father, husband, husband and a friend for 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.”
A spokesperson from Dancing On Ice said: “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.”
In the two years Sean was a professional skater in ITV’s show, Sean was a pro skater. ITV program, Sean danced with former newsreader Angela Rippon in 2011 and the following year, he danced together with Alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott.
Chemmy has paid tribute to Sean by sending a sweet note via Twitter “Have received the devastating announcement that Sean Rice my co-worker from DOI died.
“The world will miss your amazing energy and your healing hands. All my love to J and S.”
Sean leaves the wife Jodeyne Higgins as well as his daughter Signey.
Friends of Sean as well as other stars of Dancing On Ice have paid tribute to the professional skater.
Matt Evers, who is co-starring with Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor in the upcoming series and paid the tribute of Sean through sharing a scene that they did in the show with each other and also writing: “One of the best… Thank you Sean for the gift you gave me.
“This routine from The Professionals on Ice was incredible. It was a pleasure to know and work with you.”
Sean’s close friend Frankie has also revealed the details of the GoFundMe page that was created following Sean’s tragic death.
The organizer identified as Mary White wrote on the page of fundraising: “The world has lost one of the greatest men in our lives – as a father, coach wife, friend, husband, and papa bear. We are deeply sad to announce we are sad to announce that Sean Rice has passed away.