Oti Mabuse canceled a charity event after announcing her niece’s death.
The Dancing On Ice judge, 31, was scheduled to perform at a fundraiser for people in Ukraine on Saturday night organized by her dance studio and charity Hospices of Hope.
The former Strictly Come Dancing pro announced the death of her niece Tlhogi, 28, on Saturday morning and said she was “shattered inside”.
She wrote on Instagram: “The things that happen in life cannot be controlled.
“Tonight @otimabusedancestudio and the charity Hospice of Hope are hosting an event and the proceeds will help people and children in Ukraine!
“It’s been a long road to get to this point and it’s such a shame I can’t be there. I sincerely apologize for that.
“Have a nice evening to all of you, you are certainly in good hands and please know that all your donations will go a long way in helping at this sad time of need.”
The event, held at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, was attended by Mabuse’s husband Marius Iepure.
Mabuse said she was “incredibly proud (of) and equally grateful” for the participation of the dancers, organizers and customers.
“As dancers, there is very little we can do other than use our power of dance to raise awareness,” she said.
“And Night Of The Stars was our way of saying, ‘There’s our opportunity to help those in need now.'”
Mabuse spent seven years as a professional dancer on BBC One’s Strictly and won the Glitterball trophy twice – with Kelvin Fletcher in 2019 and Bill Bailey in 2020.
Announcing her departure earlier this year, she joined ITV’s Dancing On Ice, replacing John Barrowman on the panel of judges.
Her older sister Motsi is a judge at Strictly.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/oti-mabuse-apologises-after-missing-charity-event-after-nieces-death-41467530.html Oti Mabuse apologizes for missing charity event after niece’s death