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RIP Dancing on Ice star Sean Rice dies aged 49

The Canadian figure skater appeared on the ITV show for two seasons in 2011 and 2012.

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Sean Rice

Sean Rice

Sean Rice

Former Dancing on Ice professional skater Sean Rice has died aged 49.

The Canadian figure skater appeared on the ITV show for two seasons, dancing with former newsreader Angela Rippon in 2011 and Alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott a year later in 2012.

According to friends, he passed away on January 14th. He is survived by his wife Jodeyne Higgins and their daughter Signey.

His death was first announced on Twitter by fellow skater and close friend Frankie Poultney, who wrote: “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.”

A spokesperson for Dancing on Ice also confirmed the news.

“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,” they said.

Sean’s former Dancing on Ice partner Chemmy Alcott paid tribute to her friend online.

Sharing a photo of the pair during their competition days, she said: “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.”

And Matt Evers, who is paired with Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor this season, penned an emotional goodbye to his fellow ice skater, 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.”

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