PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Heartbroken Bruno Tonioli is seen for the first time after fellow Strictly Star and ‘best friend’ Len Goodman passed away at the age of 78
Bruno Toniloi cut a somber figure as he is seen for the first time since the death of fellow Strictly Come Dancing star and “best friend” Len Goodman.
The BGT judge, 67, shielded his eyes behind shades as he kept a low profile while running some errands in London on Monday.
Lane died in a nursing home in Tunbridge Wells after a brief battle with bone cancer on Saturday night, days before his 79th birthday.
Bruno seemed to go unnoticed when he donned a black baseball cap with a gray tracksuit and padded jacket.
He picked up necessities at a nearby supermarket before returning to his car, loaded with bags.
Sorrow: Bruno Toniloi cut a somber figure as he is seen for the first time since his Strictly Come Dancing co-star Len Goodman passed away on Monday
Friends: Lane (right) died Saturday at a nursing home in Tunbridge Wells in Kent after a short battle with bone cancer. Days before his 99th birthday (pictured together in November 2022)
Bruno appeared with Lynn on both Strictly and Dancing With The Stars shared a photo of them cuddling and said he was ‘heartbroken’ after the devastating news.
Writing: “Hart, my dear friend and partner of 19 years, broke the myth of the lonely Hall passed away, I will treasure the memory of our incredible adventures and the hundreds of performances we performed together.” They will never be like you and we will miss you Bruno.
Bruno originally shared the snap, which was shared in November, to celebrate Lynn’s announcement that he was retiring from Dancing with the Stars — saying he wanted to spend more time with his grandkids.
‘Celebrating the only legend in the hall Len Goodman,’ he said at the time, ‘You are the best friend, the best partner I could wish for… What an incredible adventure we have shared with a happy retirement. I always love Bruno.
A spokesperson for Goodman told MailOnline: “I can confirm he died peacefully over the weekend surrounded by his family.” She added that he was “a very loving husband, father and grandfather, and he will be sorely missed by family, friends and everyone who knew him”.
In November, Goodman gave Dancing With The Stars a final goodbye as he left the show after 17 years. He joined the series as a judge during its first season in 2005 – a year after joining the UK version when it first aired in 2004 – and decided to leave to spend more time with his family in the UK.
Goodman was presented with his Mirrorball trophy during the grand finale of Season 31 along with a montage of some of his highlights from the show.
The series featured clips of the star from his first season along with a funny clip from 2009 in which he wore a T-shirt while sporting a large gold chain necklace.
LOW KEY: The BGT judge shields his eyes behind shadows as he keeps a low profile while running some errands in London
Heartbroken: Bruno appears to go unnoticed as he wears a black baseball cap with a gray tracksuit and padded jacket