Gogglebox star Mary Cook (left) has died (Picture: Channel 4)
Gogglebox star Mary Cook has died at the age of 92.
Channel 4 released a statement announcing she had died in hospital at the weekend, surrounded by her family.
Cook, from Bristol, was a regular on the TV series with best friend Marina Wingrove, first appearing in 2016 from the retirement village where they met. Their scenes were filmed from Cook’s living room.
The broadcaster said: ‘We are extremely saddened to share that Gogglebox star Mary Cook passed away in hospital this weekend at the age of 92 with her family by her side.
‘She will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew.’
A longer message read: ‘We are extremely saddened to share that Gogglebox star Mary Cook passed away in hospital this weekend at the age of 92 with her family by her side.
‘Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend to many, Mary, who worked in the hospitality trade, had been married and widowed twice.
‘Bristolians Mary & Marina met at St Monica Trust retirement village over 10 years ago and had been friends ever since.
‘They joined Gogglebox in 2016 at the start of series eight and became instant fan favourites due to their brilliantly witty and often cheeky comments.
‘Mary will be sorely missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew.’
Fans of the Channel 4 show have been paying tribute on social media in the wake of the news, with many praising Cook’s cheeky sense of humour.
In an interview with The St Monica Trust, Cook and Wingrove revealed they were discovered by the Gogglebox producers while on their way to do some shopping.
Wingrove said: ‘I went across to catch the bus down to Asda and this young girl comes up to me and says “do you ever watch Gogglebox?” I said, “well I have done” and she said “do you want to be on it?” I thought, “I’m game for a laugh, like”.
‘Then she said “have you got a friend?” And like that, Mary came round the corner on her scooter.’
Following a year off from filming due to the Covid-19 pandemic, viewers were overjoyed to see them both back on screens for the series finale in May this year.Credit: Original article published here.