Strictly Come Dancing dancer Robin Windsor dies aged 44

Tributes are being paid to former Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor, who has died aged 44.

The professional dancer was paired with the likes of EastEnders legend Anita Dobson, Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden and actresses Patsy Kensit and Lisa Riley on the BBC show.

Tributes have poured in following the tragic announcement of Windsor’s death on Tuesday.

Theatre star ex-boyfriend Marcus Collins, 35, who dated the Ballroom and Latin professional for 18 months before ending their romance in 2015, took to Instagram to share a montage of pictures of them together.

“The World just got a lot less sparkly. Robin you were so loved,” he wrote in the accompanying caption.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood said: “I have just heard the tragic news my dear friend ’Bobby’ Robin Windsor has passed. He was one of the kindest, gentle, honest, funny and caring people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with.

“He will be forever missed. My heart goes out to all his family & friends. RIP darling man, you were truly loved x.”

Windsor made the semi-final of the show with Riley in 2012 and the actress said her heart was “broken” following the news of his death.

She posted on X: “My Bestie, My Robin, My Angel…….now our forever Angel, who is loved, will always be loved, forever in my heart……my very broken heart, I love you, shine your beautiful, electric energy from heaven. SHINE IN PEACE.”Windsor’s Strictly co-star James Jordan added: "I had the pleasure of working with this man for many years on Strictly.

"Everyone who came in contact with him adored him, from his celebrity partners to his working colleagues. You will be missed old friend."

Robin Windsor with Patsy Kensit on Strictly Come Dancing on 2010 (PA)
Robin Windsor with Patsy Kensit on Strictly Come Dancing on 2010 (PA)

The dancer also performed with newsreader Susanna Reid in 2011 for a special episode of Strictly Come Dancing for Children In Need.

Reid was visibly shocked and emotional on Good Morning Britain as she announced Windsor’s death.

She asked co-star - and fellow former Strictly star Ed Balls - to take over instead.

Reid said: “We have some very sad news to break. A much loved member of the Strictly Come Dancing family because on their Facebook page today... I'm sorry I'm not going to be able to read this Ed because I danced with... it's about Robin Windsor.”

She added: "Robin was larger than life and I fell in love with him and fell in love with dancing when I danced with him back then [Children In Need's 2011 special].

“He was an absolutely remarkable dancer, incredibly strong, so creative and he was just so enthusiastic about dancing. I just adored him. He was the most incredible personality."

Robin Windsor most recently appeared in stage show Come What May, a tribute to Moulin Rouge (Ian West/PA) (PA Archive)
Robin Windsor most recently appeared in stage show Come What May, a tribute to Moulin Rouge (Ian West/PA) (PA Archive)

He also danced with Great British Bake Off host Alison Hammond in the 2015 Christmas special.

Windsor’s death was announced in a statement posted on the Facebook page of the dance company he founded, Burn the Floor.

It reads: “The Burn the Floor (BTF) family has lost one of its founding members, Robin “Bobby” Windsor – who has tragically passed away.

“A BTF journeyman he danced with us for twenty years – including Broadway, The West End and all our crazy adventures around the world.

“His stunning image attached with Jessica Raffa defined our company, colourful, extreme and sensual.

“His talent, attitude, energy and personality helped create the Burn the Floor stage reputation. He leaves a void in our hearts that will never be filled, yet our wonderful memories will stay forever.”

Windsor appeared on Strictly between 2010 and 2015 when he was forced to pull out of the show after he was paralysed for four days due to a slipped disc.

The dancer had most recently starred in Come What May, a Moulin Rouge tribute show.

Production company Sisco Entertainment also announced Robin's death via a statement shared on social media.

The tribute said: "It is with heavy hearts that we announce the tragic passing of our beloved friend, Robin Windsor.

“Robin's presence in 'Come What May' was more than just a performance; it was an embodiment of passion, grace, and sheer talent.

“His extraordinary ability to express emotion through movement captivated audiences, leaving them spellbound with every step.

“Beyond his impeccable dancing, Robin's vibrant spirit lit up the room, infusing rehearsals and performances with infectious energy and warmth.

“His laughter was contagious, his kindness boundless. His friendship was a gift cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

“Robin, you will be deeply missed. Though 'Come What May' will continue without you, your legacy will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to share in your light."

Strictly judge Shirley Ballas said Windsor was a "true gentleman".

She wrote: "I'm very saddened to hear the devastating news about this beautiful human being this morning.

"Robin Windsor... kind, gracious, gentle and extremely hard working. A wonderful dancer, true gentleman, good soul & so very young. You will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace. Xx"

Erin Boag, who was a professional on the show for the first 10 series, said: "Such sad news to hear the passing of Robin Windsor. A truly great talented man.

"My thoughts are with his family. Robin you will be missed by so many. RIP."

The Strictly Come Dancing team also paid tribute to Windsor on Tuesday.

A statement said: "The whole Strictly Come Dancing family are deeply saddened to hear the news about our dear friend Robin Windsor.

"He was not only an exceptionally talented dancer and choreographer but also a caring, considerate and kind person both on and off the dancefloor.

"Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this extremely difficult time."

Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff during the launch of their Burn the Floor dance show, at the Shaftesbury Theatre in central London in 2013 (PA)
Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff during the launch of their Burn the Floor dance show, at the Shaftesbury Theatre in central London in 2013 (PA)

The Latin and ballroom dancer first began dancing at the age of three when his parents enrolled him in classes in Ipswich, according to his website.

He went on to represent England in numerous championships, both on the domestic and international levels.

He joined the cast of show Burn The Floor in 2001 and toured the world for 10 years, with a nine-month run on Broadway.

Windsor also appeared in Dancing With The Stars Australia and So You Think You Can Dance in the Netherlands and assisted in the choreography for the Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance, as well as acting as a motivational speaker.