Former Strictly Come Dancing star Robin ‘Bobby’ Windsor dies aged 44

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Former Strictly Come Dancing star Robin ‘Bobby’ Windsor has died aged 44.

A professional Latin and Ballroom dancer, he danced on the BBC show between 2010 and 2015, and was partnered with celebrities Patsy Kensit, Anita Dobson, Lisa Riley and Deborah Meaden.

Stricly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor launching new new show, Here Come the Boys, at the London Palladium in 2021
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Windsor in 2021. Pic: PA

He also performed with This Morning host Alison Hammond in the 2015 Christmas Special, and with Susanna Reid in 2011’s Children In Need special.

He had most recently appeared in stage show Come What May, a tribute to Moulin Rouge.

His death was announced on the official Facebook page of Burn The Floor – a dance company he founded in 1997.

They said he would leave “a void in our hearts that will never be filled”.

Their statement read: “The Burn the Floor (BTF) family has lost one of its founding members, Robin “Bobby” Windsor – who has tragically passed away.

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“A BTF journeyman he danced with us for twenty years – including Broadway, The West End and all our crazy adventures around the world.”

The post was accompanied by a photo of him dancing with Australian ballroom dancer Jessica Raffa, which the message said, “defined our company, colourful, extreme and sensual”.

It went on: “His talent, attitude, energy and personality helped create the Burn the Floor stage reputation. He leaves a void in our hearts that will never be filled, yet our wonderful memories will stay forever.”

His agent, Sisco Entertainment, also posted a statement on social media, praising his “vibrant spirit” and “infectious energy and warmth”.

They wrote: “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the tragic passing of our beloved friend, Robin Windsor.

“Robin’s presence in Come What May was more than just a performance; it was an embodiment of passion, grace, and sheer talent.

“His extraordinary ability to express emotion through movement captivated audiences, leaving them spellbound with every step.

“Beyond his impeccable dancing, Robin’s vibrant spirit lit up the room, infusing rehearsals and performances with infectious energy and warmth.

“His laughter was contagious, his kindness boundless. His friendship was a gift cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Robin, you will be deeply missed.

“Though Come What May will continue without you, your legacy will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to share in your light.”

Strictly co-star James Jordan also paid tribute, remembering Windsor as “very caring and fun”.

Jordan, who performed on Strictly from 2006 until 2013, wrote on Instagram: “I had the pleasure of working with this man for many years on Strictly – I have such fond memories of him.

Aliona Vilani and Robin Windsor perform while selling Poppies in Covent Garden.
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Windsor and Aliona Vilani in 2013. Pic: PA

Stars of Strictly Come Dancing Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff during the launch of their Burn the Floor dance show in 2013.
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Windsor with Kristina Rihanoff in 2013. Pic: PA

“He was always very caring and fun to be around. Everyone who came in contact with him adored him, from his celebrity partners to his working colleagues.

“You will be missed old friend.”

Windsor, who was born in Suffolk, performed on Strictly until 2014 when he was forced to pull out of the series due to a slipped disc which left him paralysed for four days.

While never winning the Glitterball Trophy, Windsor reached seventh place with both Patsy Kensit and Anita Dobson.

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