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Sean Rice dead: ITV stars lead tributes after death of Dancing on Ice skater aged 49

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Dancing on Ice star Sean Rice has died aged 49. The professional ice skater's death has left fans and pals broken hearted as they hailed the 'epic' athlete.

It has been reported he passed away on January 14. He appeared hit ITV show Dancing On Ice in 2011 and 2012. Fellow skater and good friend Frankie Poultney shared the news of his passing on Twitter saying: "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." , reports The Mirror. A spokesperson for Dancing On Ice said: "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." In the two years that Sean was a pro skater on the ITV show, Sean danced with former newsreader Angela Rippon in 2011 and then a year later with Alpine ski racer, Chemmy Alcott.

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