Dancing On Ice star Sean Rices wife breaks silence after his tragic death aged 49

Sean Rice's wife Jodeyne Higgins has broken her silence with a heartfelt tribute one week on from his sudden and tragic death.

Dancing On Ice star Sean passed away aged 49 on Friday 14 January, just days before the 2022 season of the hit ITV returned to our screens.

And in a post shared to her Instagram platform on Friday, grieving Jodeyne, 47, shared a loving throwback snap of her in her late partner's arms on the beach.

Fellow professional dancer Jodeyne, who shares eight year old daughter Signey with Sean, wrote: "One week ago today you left. So much has changed since you went away."

She continued: "I wish heaven had visiting hours so I could tell you I love you one more time.

"This isn't goodbye it's until we meet again. Love you with all my heart forever and always. Xo," it was concluded.

Former Dancing On Ice contestant Chloe Madeley, who was not paired with Sean during her 2011 stint on the show, wrote in the comments: 'Sending you so so so much love Jodeyne'.

Another fan wrote: "Deepest sympathies to you both", while a third added: "All our love to you and Signey."

A fourth said: "I'm so sorry Jodeyne. I have no words other than I'm sorry."

Last week, a spokesperson for Dancing On Ice confirmed the tragic news, writing: "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."

The cause of his death remains unreported.

Sean's friends and DOI fans also paid tribute to the late Canadian skater, including Frankie Poultney.

"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," she wrote.

"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."

Sharing Frankie's tweet, Matt Evers wrote: "One of the best… thank you Sean for your gift. This routine from The Professionals on Ice was incredible."

"It was a pleasure to know and work with you," he added.

Sean's first partner on the hit ITV skating competition was newsreader Angela Rippon in 2011.

The following year, he teamed up with Chemmy Alcott. The pair were eliminated shortly before the final.

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