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Dancing on Ice star Sean Rice has died aged 49, it has been reported.
The professional ice skater, who appeared on the ITV show in 2011 and 2012, sadly died on January 14, 2022, at the age of 49, friends have confirmed.
Sharing the news on Twitter, one of his close friends and fellow skaters 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 famously appeared on the show with Angela Rippon in 2011 and the following year once again with Chemmy Alcott.
Chemmy has also shared tribute to the star as she took to Twitter to write: "Have just heard the tragic news that Sean Rice, my partner from DOI, has passed away.
"The world will miss your amazing energy and your healing hands. All my love to J and S."
Sean's friends have been sharing their devastation for his wife Jodeyne Higgins, who he also skated with, and their daughter Signey.
Matt Evers, another fellow skater, also shared tribute to Sean as he wrote: "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."
Sean's friend Frankie has also shared a GoFundMe which was launched on Saturday following the news of his death.
In the fundraiser, an organiser named 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.
Daily Star has contacted ITV and a representative of Sean Rice for comment.
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