Britain's Got Talent 2009 victor dies in vehicle crash

Robert Anker

Former Diversity dancer and Britain's Got Talent victor Robert Anker has reportedly been killed in a auto crash in Canada.

A spokesman for Canada's York regional police said a Chevrolet Cobalt and a Ford F550 truck collided in Major Mackenzie Drive just before 6am on Thursday.

The collision took place in Major Mackenzie Drive in the Vaughan area of Ontario as Ankers vehicle collided with a pick-up truck, and he died on the spot. The pick-up truck's driver was not injured.

Robert Anker was part of the British street dance group, Diversity, who went on to win "Britain's #got talent" in 2009.

He was also in the cast of the West End production of the Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live.

In a Facebook post the show said they dedicated Friday evenings performance to the talented star.

As Rob had moved to Canada to live with his wife Cyndi, whom he married in September of past year, the family are hoping to "raise funds for his family to be able to cover... their trip to go and arrange his funeral in Canada".

He only just got married in September 2016 to a lovely Canadian girl and they were starting their new life out there.

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Following his death, his final social post to Instagram has emerged, in which he talks about embracing life as much as possible. This photo was uploaded just 10 days before his tragic death.

And Rob's old mates in the dance troupe had their own special words for him: "A former member of our group has tragically passed away", they said on their official Twitter account.

However tributes have poured in on Twitter from other members of the dancing community, with many tweeting his had "gone too soon".

Choreographer Dean Lee tweeted: 'Rob Anker. This is truly heartbreaking.

A JustGiving page has been set up in Mr Anker's memory by his cousin Rochelle Hanson.

"We are raising funds for his family to be able to cover all costs for their trip to go and arrange his funeral in Canada". So far, it has raised over £5000.

She wrote: "The family are devastated".

The page reads: "We're raising £5,000 to support the sudden loss of Robert Anker".

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