Canada, Vaughan: Robert Anker, a British dancer and member of troupewhen they won the 2009 season of , died in a car accident in Canada on Thursday. Anker died after a collision between his and a pick-up truck. The accident occurred in , at around 6:00 AM Thursday morning, . Anker, who moved to Canada last year, was 27 years old.
confirmed the accident had occurred and the driver of the pick-up truck was not injured. A spokesman for the British Foreign Office said “We are aware of the death of a British man in Canada. We are providing assistance to his family at this sad time”.
Anker’s cousin Rochelle Hanson set up apage, by yesterday already past its target of £5,000, to raise funds for his family to travel to the funeral in Canada. Hanson said “The family are devastated. He was an amazing and talented dancer. We would love to ensure that his family don’t worry or stress about money at this time.”
Diversity, Anker’s former dance crew, tweeted “A former member of our group has tragically passed away. He inspired so many with his talent and was taken far too soon. R.I.P Rob.” The Twitter account for Britain’s Got Talent said “We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Robert Anker, our thoughts and condolences go out to his friends, family and the whole of Diversity.”
Dean Lee, a choreographer on talent show, tweeted, “Rob Anker. I have no words to speak after hearing of your passing. This is truly heart breaking. Thanks for the memories. Shine bright.”
After winning the 2009 series of Britain’s Got Talent, Anker performed in music videos of singersand , and in the production of in the . Anker and his girlfriend Cyndi married in September.
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