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    Leon From "Gogglebox" Has Died At The Age Of 83

    One of the most popular stars on Gogglebox, who has contributed alongside his wife June since the show's launch in 2013, has died after a short illness.

    Leon, one of the stars of the TV show Gogglebox, has died at the age of 83, Channel 4 has said.

    Courtesy of Studio Lambert

    In a joint statement, Channel 4 and the production company Studio Lambert said that Leon had passed away in hospital on Saturday:

    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 ten 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.

    Tania Alexander, the creator of the show, has also shared this on Twitter.

    So deeply saddened at the passing of our dear, dear Leon. He was and always will be the grandfather of #gogglebox… https://t.co/eJ0cfFKI0R

    Contributors to the show, both past and present, have also shared tributes.

    So sad to hear the news, prayers and love for June and the family @LeonAndJune #Leon #Gogglebox

    Words can’t explain what you meant to so many people. From your words of encouragement to me to the little DMs. Leo… https://t.co/p3C8zi4ZUy

    Leon said it as it is, whether he was rubbishing a celebrity,political party or whether he was describing how much… https://t.co/0Qnlsf9aMN

    Omg I've just heard!!! poor#leon I'm gutted absolutely gutted. @LeonAndJune sending all our love and strength . So… https://t.co/HiE8ZV51j9

    Sending all our love to June and family at this sad time on the passing of our tv legend Leon R.I.P 💔💔💔#gogglebox @Channel4

    Leon and June, from Liverpool, have been married for more than 60 years. In an interview with the Liverpool Echo earlier this year, they were both asked what the their secret was to their long marriage. Leon responded: "She’s gorgeous.”

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