The makers of TV show Gogglebox have paid tribute to one of its stars, Pete McGarry, who has sadly died at the age of 71. Pete and his wife Linda, from Clacton in Essex, have featured regularly on the programme for several years.
The Channel 4 programme shared the sad news of Pete's death on social media, and paid tribute to him. "We are deeply saddened to announce that Gogglebox star Pete McGarry passed away at the age of 71 this weekend with his family by his side after a short illness," the statement read, later clarifying that his death was not related to COVID-19.
The statement added that Pete and Linda have fostered over one hundred children over the past 20 years, and that he is "a beloved father, husband, and grandfather. The family have asked for privacy at this sad time."
Pete and Linda first made an appearance on Gogglebox along with her son, George Gilbey, in 2013 when the show was in its second series. After taking a break, the family returned to the sofa in 2016, series seven, and have starred in it ever since.
The hashtag #RIPPete is now trending on Twitter, and tributes from fans of the show are flooding in on social media following the terrible announcement.
This isn't the only sad news that has surrounded Gogglebox in recent years. In May last year, long-serving star June Bernicoff passed away at the age of 82, at home and with family by her side. Her husband Leon, who had also featured on the show alongside her, died in December 2017 at the age of 83.
Our thoughts are with Pete's family at this terribly sad time.
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