Jack Saunders, 25, committed suicide on Sunday, mere weeks before appearing as a semi-finalist on the show Britain’s Got Talent.
Saunders was part of a five-person dance troupe called Green Force Five, and the group had made it to the semi-finals. The live shows were supposed to air later this year.
In a report by The Mirror, it was revealed that the dancer took his life in the wee hours of Sunday morning. His family is devastated, and the showrunners are considering scrapping his audition footage from the show.
Saunders had an illuminating career even before auditioning at Britain’s Got Talent. He had traveled to Las Vegas and India to dance, and he was the youngest dancer to be paid to perform at the London Olympics Ceremony at 18 years of age.
Jack’s mother, Sandra, organised a tribute ceremony for him at their west London home.
She said, “We don’t know why he did it, he didn’t leave a note. He did not have depression. 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.”
Kayla Williams, Jack’s sister, added, “The message we want to share about Jack’s death is how important it is to talk to people, and tell people how great they are.”
“Our thoughts and condolences are with Jack’s family and friends during this difficult and devastating time,” a spokesperson from Britain’s Got Talent said.