Diversity star Robert Anker dies in car crash at 27

Diversity said that a former member of its group tragically passed away

Rob Anker was killed in a traffic accident
Rob Anker was killed in a traffic accident

Robert Anker, a former member of dance group Diversity, who won Britain's Got Talent in 2009, has died in a car crash in Canada.

The 27-year-old was killed when his car collided with a pick-up truck in Ontario.

Anker, who was born in Essex, moved to Canada last year and married his girlfriend, Cyndi.

The group said in a Twitter post that he "inspired so many with his talent and was taken far too soon".

After making his name with the 2009 Britain's Got Talent winners, Anker went on to appear in videos for music stars such as Paloma Faith and Jessie J.

He also appeared in the West End show Thriller Live. In a Facebook post, the show announced that it was dedicating Friday evening's performance to Mr Anker's memory.

"He had incredible talent, great personality and was very popular amongst many. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends," the post said.

X-Factor choreographer Dean Lee tweeted: "Rob Anker. I have no words to speak after hearing of your passing. This is truly heart breaking. Thanks for the memories. Shine bright."