Channel 4’s Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff has sadly passed away aged 83.
It has been confirmed that Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff has died aged 83 after a short illness.
Channel 4 has said Leon sadly passed away in hospital on Saturday.
The retired teacher and his wife June were one of the first couples to join Gogglebox back in 2013.
In a statement on behalf of Bernicoff’s family, production company Studio Lambert and Channel 4 said: “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.
“Our thoughts are with June, his two daughters, sons-in-law and beloved grandchildren – all of whom have asked for their privacy to be respected at this incredibly sad time.”
Leon has sadly died two days before Christmas.
Leon met June in 1955 and they both married five years later.
Tributes have been paid to Gogglebox star Leon on social media:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and #Gogglebox legend Leon. We will all miss him so very dearly. Our thoughts are with June and family at this incredibly sad time. 💔
— C4 Gogglebox (@C4Gogglebox) December 23, 2017
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Leon, the Evertonian who entertained the nation on @C4Gogglebox. Our thoughts are especially with his wife June at this terribly sad time. 💙 pic.twitter.com/eydpyZ4a1i
— Everton (@Everton) December 23, 2017
Words can’t explain what you meant to so many people. From your words of encouragement to me to the little DMs. Leon you were loved by so many. Sending my love to you and all of your family .@LeonAndJune ❤️❤️
— Scarlett Moffatt (@ScarlettMoffatt) December 23, 2017
So deeply saddened at the passing of our dear, dear Leon. He was and always will be the grandfather of #gogglebox – an absolute star who always made me laugh with his sharp wit and unshakable opinions. Much love and strength to June and the Bernicoff family. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/hFJdkNDBd1
— Tania Alexander (@Tanialalexander) December 23, 2017
— Paddy McGuinness (@PaddyMcGuinness) December 23, 2017
— Loose Women (@loosewomen) December 23, 2017