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Strictly Come Dancing releases statement after dancer Robin Windsor died aged 44

Strictly Come Dancing releases statement after dancer Robin Windsor died aged 44

The star died aged 44

Strictly Come Dancing has paid tribute to star Robin Windsor after his death aged 44.

Windsor first joined the popular dancing show in 2010 and proceeded to be partnered with a number of stars in his time, including Dragons' Den's Deborah Meaden and model Patsy Kensit.

Windsor exited the show in 2013 following an injury which left him paralysed for four days, but returned two years later to perform with This Morning presenter Alison Hammond in the Christmas special.

At the time of his exit from the show, the star called it 'heartbreaking' but stressed he had 'no choice' due to suffering from a slipped disc.

Most recently, the dancer had been starring in Moulin Rouge tribute show Come What May.

On the BBC website, a statement from Strictly reads: "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."

A heartfelt statement was also put on the official Robin Windsor website.

The Strictly Come Dancing star has died aged 44.
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It said: "It is with deep sorrow that we announce the tragic passing of our beautiful Robin. Robins dancing started from a very young age and never stopped. He lit up any room he walked into, he was a nurturing soul always full of fun.

"He brought so much happiness to anyone who saw him dance. Strictly Come Dancing, Burn the floor and many other dance shows along with all the school children around the country who he gave his time.

"Robin was a strong advocate for mental health and worked closely with the ‘Sane Charity’.

"The dance world has lost some of its sparkle today. We ask for the family’s privacy at this very difficult time."

Several tributes have come flooding in for Windsor.
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The tragic news of his death was first announced on the official page of the dance company he founded, Burn the Floor, which read: "The Burn the Floor 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.”

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

Featured Image Credit: Joseph Okpako/WireImage / BBC

Topics: Strictly Come Dancing, BBC