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Britain’s Got Talent has paid an emotional tribute to Ian Royce after it was announced he had died aged 51.
The ITV show, which has returned to our screens for the live finals, shared a photo of Ian on the BGT set as they shared their condolences to him.
BGT wrote on Twitter: “Yesterday we sadly lost a member of our #BGT family.
“Ian Royce was our warm-up artist from the very beginning and his infectious humour brought so much joy to our audiences.
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“You will be missed @officialroycey. Thanks for the laughs. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
The emotional tweet received hundreds of likes and a number of replies from fans who also shared their messages of condolences.
One wrote: “He’s now in a better place. RIP Roycey,” followed by a sad face emoji.
Another added: “So sad news to hear" as a third said: “May he RIP”.
Meanwhile BGT hosts Ant and Dec, who recently revealed a secret showdown with Simon Cowell, also paid tribute to Ian, as they were close friends with him.
The TV duo wrote: “We are sorry to hear of the passing of Ian 'Roycey' Royce.
“He was an integral part of the #BGT team for many years. Our thoughts are with his beloved Roxy and all his family.
“RIP Roycey. We'll never forget you. X.”
And GMB host Piers Morgan wrote: “RIP Ian ‘Roycey’ Royce. Funniest warm-up man in showbiz and a legend in the TV industry.
“Worked with him on @BGT, @AGT & most of my Life Stories shows. Great guy, very loyal friend, & such a proud dad to his daughter Roxanne. Thanks for all the laughs mate.”
Ian’s daughter Roxanne shared the sad news of his passing on his Twitter page as she wrote: “It is with our greatest regret that we have to tell you all that Ian has passed away today from severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure.
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“He was in no pain and was surrounded by friends and family. He put up a good fight but is in a better place now. Roxanne x”.
Last year, Ian checked into mental health care facility The Priory for alcohol and sex addiction, with a number of his celeb pals footing the bill.
Ant and Dec, Simon Cowell, Olly Murs and Robbie Williams all donated to help pay for his treatment.
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