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British talent Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly paid tribute to colleague Ian Royce, who sadly passed away.
Royce worked to warm up British talent And the The x factor For several years. His death was announced via Twitter, Tuesday (1 September) by his daughter Roxanne.
“With our great regret we have to tell you everything that Ian passed away today due to severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure,” Tweet read. “He wasn’t in any pain and was surrounded by friends and family. He had a good fight but he’s in a better place now.”
Ants and Dec responded to the tweet, writing: “Very sorry to hear this news, Roxanne, he was a legendary character and he will not be forgotten. He was always very proud of you too. You are in our thoughts and prayers.”
They also sent out a separate tweet, readingWe are sorry to hear of the death of Ian Royce Royce. (Officialroycey). He has been an integral part of the #BGT team for many years. Our thoughts are with his sweetheart Roxy and all of his family. RIP Roycey will never forget you. ”
As Piers Morgan praised Ian on Twitter, writing: “RIP Ian ‘Roycey’ Royce. Funniest warm-up guy in the entertainment world and a legend in the TV industry. I worked with him at BGTAGT and most of my Life Stories programs. Wonderful man, very loyal friend, etc. A proud father of his daughter Roxanne. Thanks for all the laughs my friend . “
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