Gogglebox star Andy Michael dies aged 61, Channel 4 says

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The Michael family were part of Gogglebox’s first episode in 2013, but left a year later when Mr Michael announced he was running in the general election for UKIP. He failed to secure Hastings and Rye for the party, and the family re-joined the show.

Gogglebox star Andy Michael dies aged 61, Channel 4 says

Image: Andy Michael has passed away

Gogglebox star Andy Michael has died after a short illness, Channel 4 has said.

He was 61.

“We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gogglebox star Andy Michael at the age of 61 following a short illness,” a statement said.

“Andy passed away last weekend with his family by his side.

“Retired hotelier Andy, who brought much wit and insight to Gogglebox, was one of the show’s original cast members, appearing in the very first episode in 2013.

“Beloved father to Katy, Alex, Pascal and Louis, and cherished husband of Carolyne, Andy was a much-loved and respected member of the Gogglebox family, and he will be very sadly missed.

“Our love and thoughts are with Carolyne and the entire family. The family have asked for privacy at this very sad time.”

The Michael family was part of the show’s first episode in 2013, but left a year later when Mr Michael announced he was running in the general election for UKIP.

After he failed to secure Hastings and Rye for the party, the family re-joined the show.

Gogglebox star Andy Michael dies aged 61, Channel 4 says

Image: Andy Michael, (third on the right) has died after a short illness

Tom Malone Jr, who appears on the show, was among the first to pay tribute, tweeting: “Incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Andy Michael. Sending love and support to the whole Michael family.”

UKIP also passed on its condolences, tweeting: “RIP to former UKIP candidate Andy Michael. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Fellow Gogglebox contributor Mary Cook also died this week, at the age of 92, while Pete McGarry from the show died in June, at 71.

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