Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff dies aged 83!

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    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:

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