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Britain’s Got Talent bosses in shock over suicide of dancer Jack Saunders aged 25

Jack Saunders, 25, who was a part of a five-man dance troupe called Green Force Five had got through to the semi-finals on the show.

According to The Mirror, Jack took his own life in early hours of Sunday morning leaving his family and staff on the show devastated.

His mum told the publication: “I want people to know that this can happen to any family. There is no stereotype – it doesn’t have to be a manic depressive who has shown signs of mental health problems.”

“Jack was a kind soul. He worried about everyone else – always focused on others to make sure they were OK. He was the shoulder you cried on.”

She added: ‘It’s just shocked everyone because to other people Jack had it all. Jack achieved more than many people could dream of achieving. He knew we loved him.”

A spokesman for Britain’s Got Talent told the publication: “Our thoughts and condolences are with Jack’s family and friends during this difficult and devastating time.”

Jack’s sister, Kayla Williams, 28, went on to urge those who need help and support to talk to loved ones.

“Spread positivity and kindness and just be with them,” she added.

His father, Ian Saunders, 54, went on to say how shocked he is to lose his son.

Jack had a long career a dancer which took him across the globe including Las Vegas, India, San Francisco and Barcelona.

He had also appeared in dance competition Sky One show Got to Dance and ITV show X Factor.

He was the youngest dancer to appear at the London Olympics opening ceremony when he had just turned 18.

Jack reached the finals of Got To Dance in 2012 as part of the group Unity UK.

He was asked back on the show the following year to performa as part of a super crew.

In addition to this, he performed on the X Factor twice with Lauren Platt in 2014.

Jack also helped coach young dance troupe Entity Allstars who reached the BGT finals in 2015.

A memorial event is being held in his memory in Stratford, East London, on Sunday and the event will also be raising money for charity CALM.

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

The network offers practical advice on young men’s problems and support when they suffer from depression. Visit www.thecalmzone.net

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.


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