Gogglebox Star Leon Bernicoff Has Passed Away Aged 83

23 December 2017, 18:33

Leon and June Gogglebox

The retired teacher died in hospital on Saturday, Channel 4 said.

Leon and wife June were among the first couples to join Gogglebox 4 years ago, in which couples across Britain are filmed watching TV, upon its launch.

They became fan favourites, with some referring to Leon in particular as the 'critics critic'. The channel has paid tribute to the telly favourite's "unique personality and sharp wit".

The Twitter account of the TV show confirmed the news to fans.

Channel 4 and production company Studio Lambert issued a statement on behalf of Leon's family paying tribute to his "unique personality and sharp wit".

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad news that after a short illness Gogglebox's Leon Bernicoff passed away in hospital earlier today," the statement said.

"Leon and his wife June were the first members of the public to be cast for Gogglebox back in early 2013, and they soon grew to become much-loved voices during the course of the show's 10 series to date.

"Leon's unique personality and sharp wit endeared him to fans of the show, as he contributed fully to Gogglebox's reputation as a programme full of warm humour and unvarnished opinion.

"To those of us that knew him personally, Leon was a man of unwavering principles who exerted a distinct paternal presence both on and off screen. He will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family; cast and crew."

Leon June

Leon and June Bernicoff from Gogglebox arriving for the Oldie of the Year awards 2016 | PA Images

Fans took to Twitter to share their sadness at the loss of the popular Gogglebox star, including creator Tania Alexander and fellow cast member Scarlett Moffatt.

 

Leon is survived by wife June, two daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren. Our thoughts are with them all at this difficult time.

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