BGT’s Ian Royce shared tweet saying he was surprised he was ‘still alive’ two weeks before his death

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Britain’s Got Talent warm-up man Ian Royce shared a tweet saying he was surprised to still be alive, just two weeks before he tragically passed away aged 51.

The compère, who entered rehab in October for treatment for alcoholism and sex addiction, took to Twitter on August 16 to share a tweet that read: ‘Sometimes, I look back on my life and I am seriously impressed that I am still alive.’

In posting the quote, Ian – who served as the warm-up comedian for several ITV shows over the course of 13 years – added: ‘Book soon… Then you can decide…’

Tweet: Britain's Got Talent warm-up man Ian Royce shared a tweet saying he was surprised to still be alive, just two weeks before he tragically passed away aged 51. Pictured in 2013

Tweet: Britain’s Got Talent warm-up man Ian Royce shared a tweet saying he was surprised to still be alive, just two weeks before he tragically passed away aged 51. Pictured in 2013

Just two weeks later, on Tuesday, it was announced by Royce’s daughter Roxanne that he had passed away from ‘severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure’.

He ‘was in no pain’ as he tragically passed away, according to a statement released by the entertainer’s daughter on his official Twitter account.

Following the revelation, a host of stars Royce had worked with – including Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, and Myleene Klass – shared their condolences.

 

You can decide: In posting the quote, Ian – who served as the warm-up comedian for several ITV shows over the course of 13 years – added: 'Book soon... Then you can decide...'

You can decide: In posting the quote, Ian – who served as the warm-up comedian for several ITV shows over the course of 13 years – added: ‘Book soon… Then you can decide…’

The statement 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 was surrounded by friends and family. He put up a good fight but is in a better place now.’ 

Simon Cowell’s company Syco released a statement to MailOnline, which read: ‘Our thoughts and love are with Roycey’s family at this extremely difficult time.’ 

Reacting to the news on Twitter, Ant and Dec said: ‘So sorry to hear this news… he was a legendary character and will not be forgotten.’

They further paid tribute in a follow-up statement, in which they said: ‘We are sorry to hear of the passing of Ian “Roycey” Royce.

Tribute: Piers Morgan, 55, appeared to hold back tears as he paid an emotional tribute to Life Stories comedian Royce on Wednesday's episode of Good Morning Britain

Tribute: Piers Morgan, 55, appeared to hold back tears as he paid an emotional tribute to Life Stories comedian Royce on Wednesday’s episode of Good Morning Britain

‘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.’

Echoing that sentiment, Myleene wrote: ‘I’m so sorry to hear this news… He was extremely kind, loving and supportive to me and my girls. I will raise a glass tonight to this extraordinarily talented, kindhearted, loyal man.’

TV presenter Ben Shephard said: ‘I’m so so sorry to hear this – I had too many wonderful hilarious times with him, he was one of the best at what he did, a great mate and gave the BEST hugs ever…’

Vernon Kay also paid tribute to Royce, as he recalled: ‘We had some unbelievable laughs over the years I will miss you big guy! RIP.’

Fellow TV personality Gethin Jones said: ‘Such a lovely, funny man, and a true gent… Immediate flash backs of his comedy and talent when I read this tragic news.’ 

Condolences: Following the revelation, a host of stars Royce had worked with – including Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly – shared their condolences

Condolences: Following the revelation, a host of stars Royce had worked with – including Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly – shared their condolences 

Rylan Clark-Neal, Aled Jones, Jamie East, and India Willoughby were also among the stars who shared their condolences on the micro-blogging site.

The day after the announcement, Piers Morgan, 55, fondly remembered working with the comedian, who he called ‘Roycey’, and said he was ‘the best funniest warm-up guy there was’. 

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Piers said: ‘Very sad news I heard from his daughter Roxanne, probably the most famous person you may not have heard of, but he was famous in the industry.

‘He was the best funniest warm up guy there was. Such a thankless task in so many ways. Roycey was the best I’ve ever worked with, he did BGT, he did the American one when I went over there. He did almost every one of my Life Stories shows.

‘He was the best funniest warm up guy there was. Such a thankless task in so many ways. Roycey was the best I’ve ever worked with, he did BGT, he did the American one when I went over there. He did almost every one of my Life Stories shows.

Thoughts and love: Simon Cowell's company Syco released a statement to MailOnline, which read, 'Our thoughts and love are with Roycey’s family at this extremely difficult time'

Thoughts and love: Simon Cowell’s company Syco released a statement to MailOnline, which read, ‘Our thoughts and love are with Roycey’s family at this extremely difficult time’

‘He was funny, he had a lot of demons which if you’d followed him on Twitter you will know. But he had a zest for life, he was a hilariously funny guy and he also had a great love for his daughter Roxanne who let me know yesterday.’

Richard Arnold also shared fond memories of Ian, adding: ‘He was incredibly warm spirited and if you were just a guest on one of these shows he always made you feel like the star, like your name was above the door in lights.’

Piers agreed and said: ‘He used to come out on every single Life Stories and I’d be standing wanting to listen to his set, and he’d always say at the end “ladies and gentlemen, Piers Morgan, big M small Organ.”

‘He’ll be greatly missed by everyone in this business I’ll miss him. Roycey, thanks for all the laughs.’

Piers also took to his Twitter to post an emotional tribute after the news broke on Tuesday.

He penned: ‘RIP Ian ‘Roycey’ Royce. Funniest warm-up man in showbiz and a legend in the TV industry.

‘Worked with him on ⁦ @BGT , ⁦@AGT ⁩ & most of my Life Stories shows. Great guy, very loyal friend, & such a proud dad to his daughter Roxanne. Thanks for all the laughs mate.’ 

Royce, who also worked on X Factor, entered rehab last year after celebrities including Simon Cowell and Ant and Dec helped pay towards his treatment. 

Sad news: A statement revealing the sad news was shared on Twitter on Tuesday evening

Sad news: A statement revealing the sad news was shared on Twitter on Tuesday evening

Tribute: A host of stars reacted to the tragic news, as they paid tribute to the late entertainer

Tribute: A host of stars reacted to the tragic news, as they paid tribute to the late entertainer

Thanking his friends and fans for their support on in November, Royce took to Twitter to share that he had successfully completed his 28 day stay in The Priory and would be continuing his treatment abroad. 

He penned: ‘I just wanted to let you all know that my first 28 days of treatment, have come to an end and I will ow be going abroad for the next 3 months to continue my treatment and really work on me and issues that have been buried deep for 40 years. 

‘As well as my alcohol addiction I have also surrendered to my sex and love addictions stemming from my past which have affected my relationships greatly.

‘I am committed to working on all of the above to be a better person to me and to others.’

Loyal: Piers Morgan shared a snapshot of himself with Royce as he called him a 'loyal friend'

Loyal: Piers Morgan shared a snapshot of himself with Royce as he called him a ‘loyal friend’

Thanks for all the laughs: Stars remembered tragic Royce for his infectious sense of humour

 Thanks for all the laughs: Stars remembered tragic Royce for his infectious sense of humour

Royce went on to apologise to anyone who had been affected by his addictions, before thanking those who had shown him support and kindness in his time of need. 

He continued: ‘I have f**ked up big time in many areas of my life and I want to apologize to everyone who was caught up in my “madness”.’ 

‘I want to thank everyone who has stood by me, supported me – financially and emotionally. I know this is my last chance at life having been near death more than once. 

‘I will be off social media for this duration and I am looking forward to bringing home a new Ian for 2020 who will be true, honest and committed to staying well. So I am wishing you all love and happiness (and a happy Christmas and New Year!!). 

Recovery: Thanking his friends and fans for their support in November, Ian took to Twitter to share that he had successfully completed his 28 day stay in The Priory

Recovery: Thanking his friends and fans for their support in November, Ian took to Twitter to share that he had successfully completed his 28 day stay in The Priory 

Kind words: At the time, Royce was inundated with encouraging responses to his candid post, with Myleene among the well wishers

Kind words: At the time, Royce was inundated with encouraging responses to his candid post, with Myleene among the well wishers 

‘And a massive thank you to again to everyone who is making this happen (no name dropping!). The support has been incredible and I am so so grateful to everyone from the bottom of my heart. Until 2020. Ian xx.’

TV hosts Ant and Dec reportedly donated £5,000 to help fund his stay in rehab.

They were believed to have joined forces with Simon Cowell and Robbie Williams to aid Royce’s battle with alcoholism, over a year after presenter Ant, 44, checked into rehab for his own drink and drug addiction.

More than £12,000 was raised for Ian’s 28-day treatment at The Priory after 75 people donated to help to get Ian’s life back on track.

On the TV personality’s GoFundme page, his friend James Mace has claimed Royce was ‘in desperate need’ after he tried to take his life, and was ‘being treated for a brain injury that he received whilst under the influence’.

Friends: Ant and Declan reportedly donated £5,000 to help fund Ian's £20,000 rehab stint

Friends: Ant and Declan reportedly donated £5,000 to help fund Ian’s £20,000 rehab stint

Grateful: Following the donations, Royce took to Twitter to thank those who donated to the fund, crediting them for 'saving my life'

Grateful: Following the donations, Royce took to Twitter to thank those who donated to the fund, crediting them for ‘saving my life’

The performer boasted a successful career as a warm-up comedian, and has previously starred in The Big Big Talent Show, Talking Telephone Numbers and The Time The Place.    

Following the donations, Ian took to Twitter to thank those who donated to the fund, crediting them for ‘saving [his] life’.

As well as tagging Ant and Dec in the message, he also referenced Olly Murs, Robbie and Simon for their contributions. 

He wrote: ‘I am so grateful to so many for saving my life….. Thank you so much everyone and my amazing girlfriend xx 

‘@SimonCowell @antanddec @robbiewilliams @ollyofficial thank you for a light…..’ 

Replying to the post, former BGT act Steve Hewlett wrote: ‘Job Title…Warm Up Man & Support to The Stars Support is what you have Ian In 2013 after my BGT final act as soon as I walked off stage to the incredible audience reaction… you were there with a man hug and congrats! I’ll never forget that. I’m just one here for you now.’ 

Helping out: More than £12,000 was raised for Ian's 28-day treatment at The Priory, after 75 people donated to help to get Royce's life back on track (Ant and Dec's donations ringed)

Helping out: More than £12,000 was raised for Ian’s 28-day treatment at The Priory, after 75 people donated to help to get Royce’s life back on track (Ant and Dec’s donations ringed)

Heartbreaking: Last year, amid fundraising for his treatment, Royce's friend James Mace has claimed he tried to take his life and was 'being treated for a brain injury' (pictured in 2018)

Heartbreaking: Last year, amid fundraising for his treatment, Royce’s friend James Mace has claimed he tried to take his life and was ‘being treated for a brain injury’ (pictured in 2018)

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