Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff dies, aged 83

23 December 2017, 20:41

Leon and June Gogglebox

The TV world has paid tribute to Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff, who has passed away at the age of 83.

The retired teacher and his wife June were one of the first couples to appear on the Channel 4 reality TV series when it launched back in 2013.

Bernicoff died in hospital on Saturday, it was confirmed by Channel 4 and production company Studio Lambert.

Channel 4 and Studio Lambert 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."

Bernicoff was born on October 27, 1934. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren. 

Several Gogglebox stars paid tribute to Leon online: