Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff has died today (23/12/17), following a short illness, Channel 4 have said.
83-year-old Leon and his wife June were best known for their appearances on Gogglebox, where couples and families across Britain are filmed watching TV.
Sadly Leon passed away in hospital earlier today after “a short illness”.
A statement which was released by Channel 4 and Gogglebox makers Studio Lambert on behalf of Leon’s family reads: “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.
“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.”
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