Britain's Got Talent hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have paid tribute to colleague Ian Royce, who has sadly passed away.
Royce worked as the warm up act on Britain's Got Talent and the X Factor for many years. His death was announced on Twitter, Tuesday (September 1) by his daughter Roxanne.
"It is with our greatest regret that we have to tell you all that Ian has passed away today from severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure," the tweet read. "He was in no pain and was surrounded by friends and family. He put up a good fight but is in a better place now."
Ant and Dec replied to the tweet, writing: "So sorry to hear this news Roxanne, he was a legendary character and will not be forgotten. He was always so proud of you too. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
They also sent out a separate tweet, reading: "We are sorry to hear of the passing of Ian 'Roycey' Royce. (@officialroycey). He was an integral part of the #BGT team for many years. Our thoughts are with his beloved Roxy and all his family. RIP Roycey. We'll never forget you."
Piers Morgan also paid tribute to Ian on Twitter, writing: "RIP Ian 'Roycey' Royce. Funniest warm-up man in showbiz and a legend in the TV industry. Worked with him on @BGT @AGT and most of my Life Stories shows. Great guy, very loyal friend, and such a proud dad to his daughter Roxanne. Thanks for all the laughs mate."
RIP Ian ‘Roycey’ Royce.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 1, 2020
Funniest warm-up man in showbiz and a legend in the TV industry. Worked with him on @BGT, @AGT & most of my Life Stories shows. Great guy, very loyal friend, & such a proud dad to his daughter Roxanne. Thanks for all the laughs mate. pic.twitter.com/gmqfi88fI8
The Britain's Got Talent semi-finals will air on Saturday evenings from September 5 on ITV.
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