Dancing on Ice fans were not impressed that ITV failed to mention Sean Rice's tragic death on Sunday's launch show.
Friends of the Canadian skater confirmed that Sean had sadly passed away at the age of 49 on January 14, 2022 – with the cause of death of the talented star still unknown.
Although Sean had been a firm fixture on the programme in 2011 and 2012, the show failed to pay tribute to him – or even mention is death – on the opening night of series 14.
This didn't go unnoticed by "unhappy" fans who took to Twitter to air their disappointment while branding ITV as "disrespectful" for their lack of words.
One tweet read: "Shame on you @dancingonice and @ITV for not paying tribute to Sean Rice tonight!
"A well loved past member of your pro cast passes away, and you say nothing? Shameful SMH, RIP Sean."
Another fans vented: "I think it's very disappointing for all Dancing on ice fans not to even mention the passing of Sean Rice.
"He was a huge part of the show and on the tours @dancingonice @Schofe @torvillanddean @hollywills #dancingonice."
A third fumed: "I expected a mention from @[email protected] to mark the passing of Sean on tonight’s show."
While a fourth complained that a tribute had fallen flat, explaining that ITV had been "disrespectful" with their approach to Sean's sad death.
Following the sad news, a spokesperson for Dancing On Ice told the Daily Star: "We are all deeply saddened to hear this news.
"Sean was a wonderful skater and friend to many on the Dancing On Ice team. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time," but declined to give further comment.
In 2011, Sean competed in the skating competition with Angela Rippon and returned the following year, this time partnering up with Chemmy Alcott.
Along with masses of messages from friends, loved ones and fans, Chemmy also shared a sweet tribute to the star on Twitter.
She wrote: "Have just heard the tragic news that Sean Rice, my partner from DOI, has passed away.
"The world will miss your amazing energy and your healing hands. All my love to J and S."
Fellow skater Frankie Poultney penned: "Pro skaters are heartbroken today, we lost a true larger than life great – an epic skater, a husband, father, and my friend of 20 years.
"Sean Rice, 20/07/72 – 14/01/22 gone too soon, but we will Love You For A Thousand Years. All of our thoughts are with Signey and Jodeyne."
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