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Dancing on Ice star Phillip Schofield reflects on sad death

It will soon be the second anniversary of the celebrity bodyguard's passing

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Jenni McKnight
US Lifestyle Editor
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It's coming up to two years since Phillip Schofield mourned the passing of his close friend and former colleague Jerry Judge, who died at the age of 72.

Paying a touching tribute to his late friend in April 2019, the Dancing on Ice presenter shared an emotional tweet with a photo of the celebrity bodyguard, writing at the time: "I'm so sad to hear that Jerry Judge has passed away. The best and kindest showbiz bodyguard in the business.

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"We had such fun back in the day, the only guy who could get Sinatra out of a bar. Love to his family and friends." TV presenter Andi Peters had also shared his condolences in response to Phillip's message, saying: "God Bless him. A warm and welcoming face to see."

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Jerry had also been a bodyguard for celebrities including Johnny Depp, Paul McCartney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas and Julia Roberts. During his 20 years working with Johnny, Jerry managed to get a cameo in Sweeney Todd and he appeared in several episodes of Dr. Who between 1979 and 1984.

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Jerry Judge with Johnny Depp

At the time, a spokesperson from Jerry's company Music & Arts Security Ltd also released a touching statement at the time of his death, writing: "Music & Arts Founder and Managing Director sadly passed away today. #JerryJudge you were #mrsecurity in the #Entertainment business in the UK a one-off, nice guy, heart as big as a lion great friend over many years #RIP bud will never be forgotten."

Meanwhile, Phillip is now back by the side of the ice rink on Sundays alongside co-host Holly Willoughby as this year's remaining celebrities fight for their place in the competition.

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