Former Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist Fred Bowers has passed away sadly, aged 77. The dancing pensioner who shot to fame on the talent series died on Monday.
The 77-year-old, from Nottinghamshire reached the semi-finals of the series in 2009 with his breakdancing routine, finishing 5th out of 8 acts. A friend revealed that he passed away in hospital on Monday (November 12), after suffering from poor health in recent months.
Speaking to This Is Leicestershire, his best friend Billy Johnson confirmed: ''Fred never really recovered from having a stroke earlier this year.
He was standing at the bus stop in his village when he just collapsed. It hit him hard and he lost his sight.''
''He was never the same again after that and was rather unwell for the last few months of his life. I saw him on Sunday and he looked as good as he had for a long time. But I got a call from the hospital on Monday morning asking me to go along as he had taken a turn for the worse. Sadly, Fred died before I could get there. That was really upsetting as I did not want him to be alone at that time."
Johnson explained that Fred had lived a difficult life, having been left on the steps of an orphanage as a baby. He added: ''He was a great bloke but had quite a sad life. He is a character who will be sadly missed."