Shirley Ballas shares heartbreaking tribute to ‘unforgettable’ friend as he dies aged 54

Shirley Ballas shares heartbreaking tribute to ‘unforgettable’ friend as he dies aged 54

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has shared a heartbreaking tribute to her "unique" and "unforgettable" friend as he passed away aged 54.

The 62 year old broke the news on Instagram that designer Luca Sartori suddenly died, leaving his loved ones shocked.

Luca's partner, Vesa Hietala, was first to break the tragic news, as he told his followers what happened to him.

He wrote on Instagram: "Yesterday, I lost the love of my life, my best friend and my partner of 26 years.

"Luca had no known health conditions but had a seizure of some kind, and his heart just stopped.

"The paramedics tried to revive him for 50 minutes, but sadly he never regained consciousness.

"I have no words to describe my pain and loss."

Shortly after the news broke, Shirley took to the platform to share her tribute to her friend.

The dancer told her followers: "Very saddening news for our industry today. A very treasured loved one was lost. My dear friend Luca. I have known Luca and Vesa many years.

"We have been there for each other when things sometimes got tough in the industry. Luca always made me laugh.

"He had a unique way of making you feel special. A hug from him helped everything. Those strong Italian arms of reassurance for a woman were unforgettable."

She then went on to remember what Luca had done for her, saying: "I’ll always remember having fittings for my evening wear, they were always a treat.

"Listening to your design and rhinestone ideas throughout the years was my favourite.

"Your relationship with Vesa was the envy of many. A kind and caring duo who loved everything about each other.

"My condolences to @vesahietala and all of his family and friends. Sending you huge love and hugs at this difficult time."

To finish the post, Shirley shared what she will remember from her friendship with Luca: "I’m going to remember the memories I have for many years, and I know many people will carry you in their hearts.

"Rest In Peace, Luca, you were one in a million that has been taken far too soon. Xxx."

Many famous faces have also shared their condolences to Luca's nearest and dearest.

Michelle Visage commented on Vesa's heartbreaking post to say: "Oh honey, I am so very sorry for this great loss…."

While Strictly dancer Katya Jones said: "I can’t believe it! I am so sorry for your loss. Look after yourself Vesa. Thoughts and prayer to you, the family and friends x."

    Source: Read Full Article