Former Dancing On Ice skater Sean Rice dies aged 49 as stars of ITV show pay tribute

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Former Dancing On Ice skater Sean Rice dies aged 49 as stars of ITV show pay tribute to ‘larger than life’

  • The Dancing On Ice star, who appeared on the show in 2011 and 2012, died on January 14, friends said.
  • Frankie Poultney, a fellow professional skater, took to Twitter on Sunday to share the sad news
  • She wrote: “Pro skaters are heartbroken today, we have lost a true greater than life – an epic skater, a husband, a father and my friend of 20 years.”
  • A Dancing On Ice spokesperson said: “We are all deeply saddened to hear this news. Sean was a wonderful skater and a friend to many members of the Dancing On Ice team. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.










Canadian ice skater Sean Rice has died aged 49.

The Dancing On Ice star, who appeared on the show in 2011 and 2012, died on January 14, friends said.

Frankie Poultney, a fellow professional skater, took to Twitter on Sunday to share the sad news.

Sad: Canadian ice skater Sean Rice has died aged 49. The Dancing On Ice star, who appeared on the show in 2011 and 2012, died on January 14, friends said pictured in 2012

She wrote: ‘Pro skaters are heartbroken today, we lost a larger than life true – an epic skater, husband, father and my friend of 20 years.

‘Sean Rice, 7/20/72 – 1/14/22 gone too soon but we will love you for a thousand years – all our thoughts are with Signey & Jodeyne.’

Matt Evers, who is partnered with Sally Dyvenor on this year’s series, also took to Twitter to share a tribute.

Heartbreaking: Frankie Poultney, a fellow professional skater, took to Twitter on Sunday to share the sad news;  pictured on the show with Chemmy Alcott in 2012

Heartbreaking: Frankie Poultney, a fellow professional skater, took to Twitter on Sunday to share the sad news; pictured on the show with Chemmy Alcott in 2012

He wrote: ‘One of the best… thank you Sean for your gift. This routine from The Professionals on Ice was amazing. It was a pleasure to know you and to work with you…’

Sean was linked with Angela Rippon in 2011 and ski racer Chemmy Alcott in 2012.

Chemmy wrote on Twitter: “Just heard the tragic news of the passing of Sean Rice, my DOI partner.

Tribute: Fellow pro skater Frankie Poultney took to Twitter on Sunday to share the sad news

Tribute: Fellow pro skater Frankie Poultney took to Twitter on Sunday to share the sad news

Devastating: Matt Evers, who is partnered with Sally Dyvenor on this year's series, also took to Twitter to share a tribute

Devastating: Matt Evers, who is partnered with Sally Dyvenor on this year’s series, also took to Twitter to share a tribute

Sad: Sean was linked with Angela Rippon in 2011 and skier Chemmy Alcott in 2012. Chemmy took to Twitter to express his sadness

Sad: Sean was linked with Angela Rippon in 2011 and skier Chemmy Alcott in 2012. Chemmy took to Twitter to express his sadness

‘The world will miss your incredible energy and healing hands. All my love to J and S. x’

Sean had a daughter Signey with his wife Jodeyne Higgins.

A Dancing On Ice spokesperson said: “We are all deeply saddened to hear this news. Sean was a wonderful skater and a friend to many members of the Dancing On Ice team. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

The cause of Sean’s death is not yet known.

Talent: Sean was also associated with Angela Rippon in 2011 (pictured)

Talent: Sean was also associated with Angela Rippon in 2011 (pictured)

Family: Sean had daughter Signey with wife Jodeyne Higgins (pictured, 2012)

Family: Sean had daughter Signey with wife Jodeyne Higgins (pictured, 2012)

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