Piers Morgan seemed to hold back tears as he paid an emotional tribute to Life Stories comedian Ian Royce on Wednesday on the episode of Good Morning Britain.
Ian’s daughter Roxanne confirmed on Tuesday that her father had passed away at the age of 51 after serving as a warm-up act on various ITV shows for 13 years.
Piers, 55, liked to remember working with the comedian, who he called ‘Roycey’, saying he was ‘the best funniest warm-up guy out there’.
Tribute: Piers Morgan, 55, seemed to hold back tears as he paid emotional tribute to Life Stories comedian Ian Royce on Wednesday’s episode of Good Morning Britain
He said, ‘Very sad news that I heard from his daughter Roxanne, probably the most famous person you may have never 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 American when I went there. He did almost all of my life stories.
He was funny, he had a lot of demons you would know if you followed him on Twitter. 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, and if you were just a guest on one of these shows he always made you feel like the star, like your name above the door. stood in lights. ‘
Emotional: Ian’s daughter Roxanne confirmed on Tuesday that her father had passed away at the age of 51 after serving as a warm-up act on several ITV shows (photo in 2018)
Piers agreed, saying, ‘He always came up on every Life Stories and I would stand and listen to his set, and at the end he always said’ ladies and gentlemen, Piers Morgan, big M small organ . “
He will be greatly missed by everyone in this industry. I will miss him. Roycey, thanks for all the laughter. ‘
It was revealed on Tuesday that the Britain’s Got Talent warm-up man died of ‘severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure’.
The compère, who went to rehab in October for treatment for alcoholism and sex addiction, “was in no pain” when he died tragically, his daughter said.
Boyfriend: Piers liked to remember working with the comedian, who he called ‘Roycey’, saying he was ‘the best funniest warm-up guy around’
The statement read: “It is with our greatest regret that we have to tell you everything that Ian passed away today from severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure.
He was in no pain and surrounded by friends and family. He fought well, but is now in a better place. ‘
Syco, Simon Cowell’s company, released a statement to MailOnline that read, “Our thoughts and love are with Roycey’s family at this extremely difficult time.”
Ant and Dec responded to the news on Twitter, saying, ‘I’m sorry to hear this news … he was a legendary character and will not be forgotten.’
They further paid tribute in a follow-up statement, saying, “We are sorry to hear that Ian” Roycey “Royce has passed away.
Piers said, ‘Very sad news that I heard from his daughter Roxanne, probably the most famous person you may have never heard of but he was famous in the industry’
He was an integral part of the £ BGT team for many years. Our thoughts are with his beloved Roxy and his entire family. RIP Roycey. We will never forget you. ‘
Ian, who also worked on X Factor, went to rehab last year after celebrities like Simon and Ant and Dec helped him pay for his treatment.
Ian thanked his friends and fans for their support in November, telling on 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 is over and that I will be going abroad for the next 3 months to continue my treatment and really work on me and the issues that bury 40 years deep .
In addition to my alcohol addiction, I have also indulged in my sex and love addictions that stem from my past and have greatly affected my relationships.
He added: ‘He was the best funniest warm up guy out there. Such a thankless task in so many ways. Roycey was the best I’ve ever worked with ‘
“I am committed to working on all of the above to be a better person to me and to others.”
Ian went on to apologize to anyone affected by his addictions before thanking those who showed him support and kindness in his time of need.
He continued, “I’ve done well in many areas of my life and I want to apologize to anyone who was caught up in my” madness. “
‘I want to thank everyone who has assisted me, supported me financially and emotionally. I know this is my last chance to have nearly died more than once.
“ I will stay off social media this period and look forward to bringing home a new Ian for 2020 who will be sincere, honest and committed to staying healthy. So I wish you all love and happiness (and a Happy Christmas and New Year !!).
Piers said: ‘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’ (photo in 2013)
And a huge thank you again to everyone who makes this possible (don’t drop a name!). The support has been incredible and I am so grateful to everyone from the bottom of my heart. Until 2020. Ian xx. ‘
TV presenters Ant and Dec have reportedly donated £ 5,000 to fund his stay in rehab.
They are said to have joined forces with Simon and Robbie Williams to help Ian’s fight against alcoholism more than 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, his friend James Mace claims that Ian was ‘in desperate need’ after attempting to take his own life and ‘being treated for a brain injury he sustained while under the influence’.
Tragedy: Ian died of ‘severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure’, it was revealed (pictured in January 2017)
The artist had a successful career as a warm-up comedian, previously appearing on The Big Big Talent Show, Talking Telephone Numbers and The Time The Place.
After the donations, Ian took to Twitter to thank those who donated to the fund and credit them for ‘saving’ [his] life’.
In addition to tagging Ant and Dec in the post, he also referred to 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 wonderful friend xx
‘@SimonCowell @antanddec @robbiewilliams @ollyofficial thanks for a light …..’
In response to the post, former BGT act Steve Hewlett wrote: ‘Job title … Warm Up Man & Support to The Stars Support is what you got Ian In 2013 after my last BGT act as soon as I walked off the stage to the incredible public reaction … you were there with a man hug and congratulations! I will never forget that. I’m only one for you now.
Condolences: Following the reveal, a host of stars Royce had worked with – including Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly – shared their condolences