Andy Michael from Gogglebox has died, following a short illness, at the age of 61. The sad news today follows the announcement earlier this week that Mary from Gogglebox had died aged 92.
The Channel 4 show and production company Studio Lambert announced the news in a brief statement.
Andy Michael statement from Gogglebox
It read: “We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gogglebox star Andy Michael at the age of 61 following a short illness.
“Andy passed away last weekend with his family by his side.
Retired hotelier Andy, who brought much wit and insight to Gogglebox, was one of the show’s original cast members, appearing in the very first episode in 2013.
“Beloved father to Katy, Alex, Pascal and Louis, and cherished husband of Carolyne, Andy was a much-loved and respected member of the Gogglebox family, and he will be very sadly missed.
“Our love and thoughts are with Carolyne and the entire family. The family have asked for privacy at this very sad time”.
Mary from Gogglebox death
Fan favourite Mary appeared on the show with her best pal Marina, and was a fixture on the Channel 4 show since 2016.
In a statement on Monday August 23, Channel 4 said: “We are extremely saddened to share that Gogglebox star Mary Cook passed away in hospital this weekend at the age of 92 with her family by her side.
Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend to many…
“…Mary, who worked in the hospitality trade, had been twice married and widowed twice.
“She will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew.”
Other Gogglebox stars who have passed away
Due to the nature of the different ages of participants on Gogglebox, some stars of the show have sadly passed away in recent years.
As recently as June of this year (2021), Pete McGarry died.
Pete, who appeared on the show with his wife Linda, passed away from bowel cancer.
Linda told The Sun newspaper: “Pete was a lovely man and I was so lucky to have him for 25 years.
“I said to him, ‘We’ve not only been 25 years, it’s been day and night with each other.’ He was my life.”
Pete and Linda fostered over 100 children since 2000.
Leon and June
Liverpudlian couple Leon and June Bernicoff were there right from the very start and were firm fan favourites.
Their hilarious critiques of shows, as well as their bickering but endearing relationship, made them national treasures.
Sadly, Leon died aged 83 in 2017.
After an outpouring of grief from fans, June said that doing the show without him just wouldn’t be the same and left.
In May 2020, June passed away from a short illness, aged 82.
Channel 4 said: “As the first couple to be cast for Gogglebox back in 2013, June and her husband Leon were a huge part of the programme’s success.
“Their warmth, wit and contrasting personalities endeared them to the nation during the course of the first 10 series.”