Gogglebox star Pete McGarry has sadly passed away at the age of 71.
Pete appeared on the hit Channel 4 show with his wife Linda, and also sat alongside their son George Gilbey.
The show's official Twitter account confirmed the news, writing: "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.
"Pete, his wife Linda and her son George originally joined Gogglebox at the start of the second series in 2013. The Clacton couple returned to the show for the seventh series in 2016 and have been series regulars and firm favourites ever since. Pete will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew.
"Our thoughts are with Linda, their children and grandchildren. Since 2000, Pete and Linda have fostered over a hundred children and he is a beloved father, husband and grandfather. The family have asked for privacy at this sad time.
"Pete's death was not related to COVID-19."
The family were temporarily taken off the show when George went to appear in Celebrity Big Brother for Channel 5.
A producer said at the time that they understood why George would want to take up big-money offers, but it wouldn't have worked having people reacting to family members while on the show.
Gogglebox is currently airing a Celebrity series on Friday nights on Channel 4.
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