Bill Bailey: Strictly 2020 star bids 'farewell' as family dog dies 'It's heartbreaking'

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Bill Bailey, 55, has been wowing audiences with his dance moves on the new series of Strictly Come Dancing 2020. The comedian and actor is currently partnered with dance champion and last year’s winner Oti Mabuse, 30, on the BBC show.

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However, things have taken a sad turn, with Bill taking to Twitter to break the news that his dog has died.

In view of his three million followers, the legendary comedian shared a heartfelt message to his beloved pooch.

Sharing a photo of pet Banjar, Bill wrote: “Today we said goodbye to our lovely rescue dog Banjar. Farewell old friend. Sleep well.”

Fans flocked to comment on the post, as many people offered their condolences to the Strictly star.

READ MORE: Susanna Reid reacts to Strictly’s Katya Jones exit ‘Get well soon’

Bill Bailey: Strictly 2020 star bids 'farewell' as family dog dies 'It's heartbreaking'

Strictly star Bill Bailey bids ‘farewell’ after tragic family loss (Image: BBC/WENN)

Bill Bailey: Strictly 2020 star bids 'farewell' as family dog dies 'It's heartbreaking'

Strictly star Bill Bailey took to Twitter and shared his family loss (Image: TWITTER BILL BAILEY)

One person said: “We lost our crazy best friend a month ago to cancer… The hardest thing to do is make that decision to let them go. They really do steal your heart.”

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Another person commented: “So sorry to hear about the loss of your furbaby.”

“So sorry Bill, it’s heartbreaking isn’t it? We’re gearing up to say goodbye to our own small boy, he’s so, so poorly,” another person remarked.

While a fourth person added: “So sorry for your loss Bill.”

Bill Bailey: Strictly 2020 star bids 'farewell' as family dog dies 'It's heartbreaking'

Bill Bailey rose to fame as a British comedian, musician and actor (Image: GETTY)

Bill has previously opened up about his pets, saying he has numerous rescue dogs.

Speaking to Crufts in 2015, the actor explained: “We’ve got five dogs, and they’re rescue dogs.

“So they’re all a bit of a mixed bag, but they’re fantastic pets.

“And, because they’re rescue dogs, they’ve all got their own issues, because they’ve lived on the street.”

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Bill Bailey: Strictly 2020 star bids 'farewell' as family dog dies 'It's heartbreaking'

Strictly star Bill Bailey has partnered with Oti Mabuse on the BBC series (Image: BBC)

Bill added: “That’s when you have to manage them a little bit, perhaps a bit more so than ordinary domesticated dogs. But other than that, they’re great fun.”

Meanwhile, the prolific comedian has been delighting fans with his dance moves on Strictly.

He is currently paired with professional dance partner Oti.

Last week’s episode saw the dancing duo awarded the highest score of the show’s series with an impressive 26 points.

Bill and Oti performed their Paso Doble to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by Ennio Morricone.

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The pair will be hoping to replicate their success in this week’s Strictly.

Bill and Oti are hitting the dance floor to perform a couple’s choice routine on Saturday, to Rapper’s Delight by the Sugarhill Gang.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One on Saturday at 7.10pm.


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