Strictly fans devastated for Ugo Monye as he attends dad’s funeral ahead of first dance

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Strictly Come Dancing fans were heartbroken when they learned that rugby player Ugo Monye had attended his late father’s funeral in the morning before performing his first dance with professional dance partner Oti Mabuse.

The contestant is normally full of laughs and his partnership with South African-German star Oti has been incredibly fun so far, so it was a shock to learn of Ugo’s sad news.

The pair took to the dance floor and delivered an incredible and energetic samba for audiences, filled with fire-filled barrels and an addictive beat.

Yet after talking to the judges Ugo shared the reality of what he was going through to presenter Claudia Winkleman.

“Yeah so my dad passed away a couple of weeks ago, prostate cancer,” he said.

“We had his funeral this morning, and during the funeral they spoke about today being a day of celebration and that’s exactly how today felt.

"There’s no better way of celebrating than by dancing,” the contestant continued. “So tonight feels really special.”

“We give you all our love,” Claudia told the sportsman, as Oti hugged her partner and gave him her support.

Fans flocked to Twitter to praise Ugo for his strength performing on the same day as his dad’s goodbye, as many felt emotional watching.

“All love to Ugo Monye tonight. Having his father’s funeral this morning and coming out and doing Strictly tonight- more power to the man #Strictly,” one person shared.

Another posted: “In awe of Ugo dancing on #Strictly after his dad’s funeral today.”

“Ugo is brave His DAD’s funeral this morning tonight he’s on Strictly wow #Strictly,” a third said in disbelief.

While a fourth fan declared: “Ugo has my heart! know his father is looking down and feeling proud! #Strictly @ugomonye #ugo.”

“#Strictly bless Ugo, he did his Dad proud,” another viewer added.

Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday on BBC One.

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