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Former Dancing On Ice pro Sean Rice dies, aged 49

Former Dancing On Ice pro Sean Rice dies, aged 49
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Sean Rice - former pro dancer on ITV's Dancing On Ice - dies at the age of 49.

Former Dancing On Ice star Sean Rice has died at the age of 49, it has been announced.

The Canadian skater - a four-time national fours champion - appeared on the ITV series in 2011 and 2012, being partnered with Angela Rippon and Chemmy Alcott.

The news was broken on social media by good friend and fellow skater Frankie Poultney, who tweeted: "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."

Alcott tweeted: "Have just heard the tragic news that Sean Rice, my partner from DOI has passed away. The world will miss your amazing energy and you healing hands. All my love to J and S. x"

Rice is survived by his wife Jodeyne and their eight-year-old daughter Signey. His cause of death is currently unknown.

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