Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Robin Windsor dies aged 44

An emotional Susanna Reid paid tribute to Robin Windsor on ITV's Good Morning Britain, who she danced with for Strictly Come Dancing's Children in Need special

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Robin Windsor has died aged 44.

Born in Ipswich, Windsor joined the hit dancing competition in 2010, and participated in four series up until series 11 in 2013.

His celebrity partners throughout his time on the programme were Patsy Kensit, Anita Dobson, Lisa Riley and Dragon’s Den mogul Deborah Meaden.

The Strictly Come Dancing team has paid tribute to him. 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's highest placement, with Riley, was in 2012 when the duo placed fifth. He also danced with This Morning presenter Alison Hammond in the 2015 Christmas special.

Marcus Collins, Windsor's boyfriend, paid tribute to him on social media, posting a series of pictures of them with the caption: "The World just got a lot less sparkly. Robin you were so loved."

Patsy Kensit and dance partner Robin Windsor in 2011. Credit: PA

Windsor's dance company, Burn the Floor, said he had “tragically passed away” in a statement on Facebook.

"The BTF family has lost one of its founding members, Robin ‘Bobby’ Windsor – who has tragically passed away," the statement read.

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

"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 was on the show for four years. Credit: PA

Susanna Reid appeared emotional announcing the news of his death on GMB on Tuesday morning.

"I felt so lucky I was dancing with Robin, I just knew how special he was," she told co-presenter Ed Balls.

"And he made me feel so good dancing - I'd never done anything like that.

"Their special skill is to make you feel like you're also shining... He ignites that passion."

Journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who appeared on the most recent series of Strictly Come Dancing, also paid tribute to Robin.

On X, he wrote: "Such sad news about Robin. He was a lovely, helpful guy full of encouragement when I was stumbling around in the first weeks of Strictly.

"Even though he’d left the show years ago he was very much part of the family and meant a huge amount to those there and I’m sure to everyone on Burn the Floor.

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.

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