Piers Morgan, 55, dwelled on some very sombre news about one in all his ITV colleagues, who not too long ago handed away. In his newest column, the Good Morning Britain host wrote a tribute to Ian Royce, who died of pneumonia and a number of organ failure on the age of simply 51 at the start of the month.
He labored on quite a few common ITV reveals, reminiscent of Piers’ Life Stories, Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor because the warm-up act and his passing got here as a nice shock to all those that knew him.
Piers devoted a part of his Daily Mail column to his pal: “Very sadly, my brilliantly humorous long-time Life Stories viewers warm-up man, Ian ‘Roycey’ Royce, has died from pneumonia aged simply 51,” he wrote.
“He was a legend in the TV industry who worked on many big shows, including Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor, and tributes poured in from grateful stars including Ant and Dec, Robbie Williams and Amanda Holden.”
He added a little anecdote of their friendship, recalling the humorous nickname Ian had for the GMB presenter.
“Roycey all the time launched me the identical manner: ‘Piers Morgan – big M, small organ!’”
His loss of life was confirmed by his daughter Roxanne, who posted the unhappy news from his Twitter account.
“It is with our greatest regret that we have to tell you all that Ian has passed away today from severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure,” the assertion learn.
“He was in no pain and was surrounded by friends and family. He put up a good fight but is in a better place now.”
It comes after he aired his views on Hollywood casting solely disabled actors to play disabled roles, and solely homosexual performers to painting homosexual characters.
He believes it could be a “mistake”, however his opinion did not sit proper with some.
In a current interview, Piers stated: “I don’t think the answer is to just say automatically that every disabled role goes to someone who’s disabled. And the same applies to gay roles.”
He referenced basic movies reminiscent of Fourth of July, which options Tom Cruise as battle veteran Ron Kovic, who was paralysed after an accident.
He additionally used Tom Hank’s portrayal of lawyer Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia for instance, the place the Hollywood legend’s character has AIDS and retains his homosexuality hidden from his employers.