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Kym Marsh, 44, mourned the loss of her friend and Britain’s Got Talent star Ian Royce on Twitter, as she penned a heartfelt tribute. The actress was shocked by the news yesterday after Ian died following severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure.
My thoughts are with his family
Kym typed: “Can’t believe the news about @officialroycey. I am so very sad!
‘My thoughts are with his family and friends. X.”
Fans joined in with sharing their fond memories of the late comedian.
One wrote: “Such a great guy and always up for a laugh @BGT – he will be sadly missed. Thoughts with all his family and friends at this difficult time. Xx.”
Another replied: “Such sad news.”
A third commented with a crying emoji as they mourned Ian’s passing.
Ian worked as a warm-up artist for popular ITV shows including Britains Got Talent and The X Factor.
His death was announced via a statement on his Twitter account, which read: “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.”
“He was in no pain and surrounded by friends and family. He put up a good fight but is in a better place now.”
Previously the comedian had opened up on his battle with depression, after losing his voice saw him hit “rock bottom”.
His statement read: ‘Truth is when [you’re] at rock bottom [you’re] surrounded by darkness and so hard to see any light, but I know the light is out there somewhere and I’ll fight to find it again… Fight I will. (sic)
“Last year I lost my voice, thus my everything. My living, my personality, my being… My everything, but fight I will to get it back.
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“In fact all of my darkness I want to walk away from.”
He added that he was grateful for all the support others have shown him recently
Ian continued: “Thank you to all of you for shining a light in my darkness, it means so very much and I am truly grateful… I truly am… let my climb begin.
“Come with me… [it’s] easier to climb as a group than alone. Ian xx.”
Ant and Dec also paid their respects to Ian, who the called an “integral part of the show”
The pair wrote on their joint Twitter: “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. X.”
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