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BGT's Ian Royce shared a tweet saying he was surprised he was "still alive" two weeks before he died


British Warm Talent warmer Ian Royce shared a tweet saying he was surprised to be alive just two weeks before he tragically passed away at the age of 51.

The Compère, which went into rehab in October for the treatment of alcoholism and sex addiction, went on Twitter on August 16 to post a tweet titled, "Sometimes I look back on my life and I'm seriously impressed that I'm still alive . "

Upon posting the quote, Ian, who served as the warm-up comedian for several ITV shows for 13 years, added, "Book soon … Then you can decide …"

Tweet: Got Talent's UK warm-up Ian Royce shared a tweet saying he was surprised to be alive just two weeks before tragically passing away at the age of 51. Pictured 2013

Just two weeks later, on Tuesday, Roxanne's daughter, Roxanne, announced that he had died of "severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure".

According to a statement by the entertainer's daughter on his official Twitter account, he was "in no pain" when he tragically passed away.

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

It's your choice: upon posting the quote, Ian, who served as a warm-up comedian for several ITV shows for 13 years, added, "Book soon ... Then you can decide ..."

It's your choice: upon posting the quote, Ian, who served as a warm-up comedian for several ITV shows for 13 years, added, "Book soon … Then you can decide …"

The statement read: “It is with our greatest regret that we have to tell you everything Ian died today of severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure.

He was in no pain and was surrounded by friends and family. He did well but is in a better place now. & # 39;

Simon Cowell's company, Syco, issued a statement to MailOnline that read: "Our thoughts and love are with Roycey's family at this extremely difficult time."

When Ant and Dec responded to the news on Twitter, they said, "I'm sorry to hear this news … he was a legendary character and will not be forgotten."

They also paid tribute to a follow-up statement in which they said: "We are sorry to hear of the death of Ian" Roycey "Royce.

Tribute: 55-year-old Piers Morgan seemed to hold back tears as he paid an emotional tribute to Life Stories' comedian Royce on the Good Morning Britain episode on Wednesday

Tribute: 55-year-old Piers Morgan seemed to hold back tears as he paid an emotional tribute to Life Stories' comedian Royce on the Good Morning Britain episode on Wednesday

& # 39; 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 will never forget you. & # 39;

Based on that sentiment, Myleene wrote, “I am so sorry to hear this news … He has been extremely kind, loving and supportive to me and my girls. I'm going to have a glass tonight to this extraordinarily talented, kind, loyal man. & # 39;

TV presenter Ben Shephard said, 'I'm so sorry to hear this – I've had too many wonderful, fun times with him, he was one of the best at what he did, a great buddy and gave the BEST hugs of all time … & # 39;

Vernon Kay also paid tribute to Royce when he recalled, “We've had some amazing laughs over the years, I'll miss you big guy! REST IN PEACE. & # 39;

Gethin Jones, another television personality, said, "Such a lovely, funny man and a true gentleman … instant flashbacks of his comedy and talent when I read this tragic news."

Condolences: Following the reveal, a number of stars Royce worked with - including Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - shared their condolences

Condolences: Following the reveal, a number of stars Royce 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 offered their condolences on the microblogging website.

The day after the announcement, 55-year-old Piers Morgan fondly remembered working with the comedian he called "Roycey" and said he was "the funniest warm-up guy there was".

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

“He was the 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 there. He's done almost every one of my Life Stories shows.

“He was the 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 there. He's done almost every one of my Life Stories shows.

Thoughts and Love: Simon Cowell's company Syco issued a statement to MailOnline entitled "Our thoughts and our love are with Roycey's family at this extremely difficult time".

Thoughts and Love: Simon Cowell's company Syco issued a statement to MailOnline entitled "Our thoughts and our love are with Roycey's family at this extremely difficult time".

“He was funny, he had a lot of demons that you will know if you followed him on Twitter. But he had a zest for life, he was an incredibly funny guy and he also had a great love for his daughter Roxanne, who informed me yesterday. & # 39;

Richard Arnold also shared fond memories of Ian, adding, "He was incredibly warm and if you were just a guest on one of these shows you always felt like the star like your name was in lights over the door."

Piers agreed and said, "He always came out on every single life story and I stood there wanting to hear his set and he always ended up saying," Ladies and gentlemen, Piers Morgan, big M little organ. "

“He will be greatly missed by everyone in this business. I will miss him. Roycey, thanks for all the laughs. & # 39;

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

He wrote: & # 39; RIP Ian & # 39; Roycey & # 39; Royce. Funniest warm-up man in showbiz and a legend in the TV industry.

I've worked with him on @BGT, @AGT, and most of my Life Stories shows. Great guy, very loyal friend and such a proud father for his daughter Roxanne. Thanks for all the laughs, buddy. & # 39;

Royce, who also worked on X Factor, went into rehab last year after celebrities like Simon Cowell, Ant, and Dec funded his treatment.

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

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

Tribute: A host of stars responded to the tragic news by paying tribute to the late entertainer

Tribute: A host of stars responded to the tragic news by paying tribute to the late entertainer

Royce thanked his friends and fans for their support in November and told Twitter that he had successfully completed his 28-day stay at the priory and would continue his treatment abroad.

He wrote: “I just wanted to let you all know that my first 28 days of treatment are over and that I will be going abroad for the next 3 months to continue my treatment and really work on myself and deeply buried problems for 40 years.

“In addition to my alcohol addiction, I also surrendered to my sex and love addiction, which stems from my past and has strongly influenced my relationships.

"I am determined to work on all of this to be a better person to myself and others."

Loyal: Piers Morgan shared a snapshot of himself with Royce when he called him a "loyal friend".

Loyal: Piers Morgan shared a snapshot of himself with Royce when he called him a "loyal friend".

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

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

Royce apologized to everyone affected by his addiction before thanking those who had shown him support and kindness during his time of need.

He continued: "I have achieved great success in many areas of my life and I apologize to everyone involved in my 'madness'."

“I would like to thank everyone who stood by my side and supported me – financially and emotionally. I know this is my last chance to be close to death more than once.

& # 39; I won't be on social media for this duration and I look forward to bringing home a new Ian for 2020 who is true, honest and determined to stay healthy. So I wish you all love and happiness (and a Merry Christmas and New Year !!).

Recovery: Ian thanked his friends and fans for their support in November and went to Twitter to announce that he had successfully completed his 28-day stay at the Priory

Recovery: Ian thanked his friends and fans for their support in November and went to Twitter to announce that he had successfully completed his 28-day stay at the Priory

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

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

“And again a big thank you to everyone who made this possible (no name is mentioned!). The support was amazing and I am so grateful to everyone from the bottom of my heart. Until 2020. Ian xx. & # 39;

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

They were believed to have teamed up with Simon Cowell and Robbie Williams to help Royce's fight against alcoholism over a year after presenter Ant, 44, checked into rehab for his own alcohol and drug addiction.

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

On the TV personality's GoFundme page, friend James Mace has claimed Royce was "in distress" after attempting suicide and "treated for a brain injury sustained under the influence" .

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

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

Grateful: After the donations, Royce took to Twitter to thank those who donated to the fund and credit them for saving my life.

Grateful: After the donations, Royce took to Twitter to thank those who donated to the fund and credit them for saving my life.

The performer has had a successful career as a warm-up comedian and has previously appeared on the Big Big Talent Show, Talking Telephone Numbers and The Time The Place.

After the donations, Ian went on Twitter to thank those who had donated to the fund and credited them with saving his life.

Not only did he tag Ant and Dec in the message, he also referred to Olly Murs, Robbie and Simon for their posts.

He wrote: “I am so grateful to many for saving my life. Thank you everyone and my great friend xx

& # 39; @SimonCowell @antanddec @robbiewilliams @ollyofficial thanks for a light ….. & # 39;

To the post, former BGT act Steve Hewlett replied: & # 39; Job title … Warm Up Man & Support for The Stars Support is what you have Ian 2013 after my BGT Final Act as soon as I get off stage to incredible crowd went reaction … you were there with a man hug and congratulations! I will never forget that. I am only one for you now. & # 39;

Help Out: More than £ 12,000 raised for Ian's 28-day treatment at the Priory after 75 people donated to help put Royce's life back in order (Ant and Dec's donations rang)

Help Out: More than £ 12,000 raised for Ian's 28-day treatment at the Priory after 75 people donated to help put Royce's life back in order (Ant and Dec's donations rang)

Heartbreaking: Last year, Royce's friend James Mace claimed he attempted suicide and was treated for a brain injury (pictured 2018).

Heartbreaking: Last year, Royce's friend James Mace claimed he attempted suicide and was treated for a brain injury (pictured 2018).

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