The man who first springs to mind whenever someone mentions the Piccadilly Rats is currently on a life support machine after being hit by a Manchester tram.
Ray Boddington is fighting for his life this morning after being seriously injured in the collision that took place on High Street, between Market Street and Shudehill yesterday evening.
The 77-year-old was taken to hospital by paramedics, who were called to the scene immediately after the police response. Ray is currently in critical condition.
A statement on his Facebook page said:
Ray Boddington (Piccadilly rats dancer) was hit by a tram today near the Arndale Centre. He's in hospital on a life support machine helping him to breath and his injuries are so bad they said it's touch and go next 48 hours. His family are devastated as he is one of the kind, such a amazing guy who brought smiles to everyone. It's such sad news to see and hear, please pray for him and please share this post so people can pray for him. Thank you all.
An investigation into the collision is currently underway and Greater Manchester Police are urging anyone with information to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
The dancer - who has also appeared on The X Factor and daytime TV show Judge Rinder - is a familiar face on the streets of Manchester city centre and is famous for his larger than life dance moves.
Our thoughts go out to Ray's family and friends at this tough time. More to follow.