Pete McGarry, the stepfather of George Gilbey, centre, has died (Picture: Channel 4)
Tributes have come in from Gogglebox viewers and fans after the death of star Pete McGarry.
McGarry, 71, died at the weekend following a short illness, Channel 4 announced.
Along with wife Linda and his stepson George Gilbey, they joined the programme for its second series in 2013. They returned to the show for the seventh series three years later, after George appeared in Celebrity Big Brother, and have continued to appear as series regulars.
Gogglebox stars and fans alike have paid tribute to the TV star on social media in the wake of the news.
Tom Malone tweeted: ‘Thoughts and prayers to his family. He’ll be missed.’
Comedian Paddy McGuinness said: ‘Such a shame, one of the OG’s. RIP.’
One saddened fan said: ‘I’m so hugely sorry to hear it. Pete was such a presence on Gogglebox and he and Linda were an amazing couple together. My very best wishes to Linda, George, and all who knew and loved him.’
Another wrote: ‘Awww I’m so saddened to read this. Condolences to Linda and George’ as one tweeted: ‘RIP PETE you will be missed by us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you’re family and friends. So sorry for their loss.’
A fan said: ‘Oh this is very sad. I always enjoyed seeing him on Gogglebox. RIP Pete.’
A statement issued on behalf of the family said: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce that Gogglebox star Pete McGarry passed away at the age of 71 this weekend with his family by his side after a short illness.’
The statement continued: ‘Pete will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew.
‘Our thoughts are with Linda, their children and grandchildren.
‘Since 2000, Pete and Linda have fostered over 100 children and he is a beloved father, husband and grandfather.
‘The family have asked for privacy at this sad time.’
The statement added that McGarry’s death was not related to Covid-19.Credit: Original article published here.