DANCING on Ice followers had been left in tears after the present paid tribute to late star Sean Rice.
The professional skater – who appeared on the ITV present between 2011 and 2012 – tragically handed away on January 14 2022.
Simply earlier than Sunday night time’s skate-off, married couple and professional skaters Lukasz Rozycki, 42, and Alexandra Schauman, 41, took to the ice in honour of their beloved pal.
Host Holly Willoughby, 40, informed viewers at dwelling: “A dancing on ice skilled Sean Rice sadly handed away in January and he’ll be missed by all who knew him and our thought are together with his household.
“So right here with a gorgeous routine devoted to Sean are two of his closest pals Alexandra and Lukasz.
The pair danced on the ice to Jessie Ware’s tune Alone.
Many viewers took to Twitter to reward their beautiful tribute.
One wrote: “What a gorgeous tribute to #SeanRice @AlexandraLukasz @IceLukasz That was completely lovely to look at and left me in floods of Tears.”
One other stated: “Such a gorgeous dance from @AlexandraLukasz @IceLukasz , had me in tears. Merely beautiful and so beautiful of them to dedicate it to Sean Rice. Breathtaking.”
“Beautiful routine RIP Sean,” a 3rd added.
A fourth tweeted: “WOW wat a really emotional and coronary heart warming skate in tribute to Sean Rice. Wiping a teary eye..”
Final month it was revealed that Sean had died aged simply 49.
A spokesperson for Dancing On Ice confirmed: “We’re all deeply saddened to listen to this information.
“Sean was a beautiful skater and pal to many on the Dancing On Ice crew. Our ideas are together with his household at this unhappy time.”
Born in Ontario, Canada, in 1972, Sean went on to turn into a two-time Canadian pairs bronze medallist with companion Jodeyne Higgins, and four-time Canadian fours champion.
He retired from aggressive skating to tour on Royal Caribbean Cruise Strains earlier than becoming a member of Dancing On Ice in 2011.
Many have paid tribute to the star on social media.
Alexandra Schauman stated: “Life is so valuable and fragile.
“We have now performed life collectively, laughed and cried and skated our hearts out collectively.
“There are actually no phrases to explain the ache and shock I’m feeling proper now, realizing I’ll by no means hear your snicker once more Sean, or be the recipient of your all-healing bear hugs, or be capable to share the ice and stage with you and Jodeyne like we had at all times deliberate to do once more sooner or later.
“I miss you and love you and I do know heaven have to be lovely proper now as a result of it has you in it.”
Fellow skater Frankie Poultney added: “Professional skaters are heartbroken at present, we misplaced a real bigger than life nice – an epic skater, a husband, father, and my pal of 20 years.
“Gone too quickly, however we are going to love you for a thousand years.”
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