Leon Bernicoff, one of the original stars of the cult TV show Gogglebox, has died aged 83 following a short illness.

The retired teacher, along with his wife June, was part of the show's original cast when it began airing in 2013.

Bernicoff died in hospital earlier today, Channel 4 and the production company Studio Lambert confirmed in a statement issued on behalf of his family.

The channel has paid tribute to the telly favourite's "unique personality and sharp wit".

Bernicoff was born on October 27 1934 and met his wife June in 1955 with the couple marrying in 1960.

A dedicated Everton fan, Bernicoff became known for his run on Gogglebox, which shows families across the UK watching TV.

Famously, Leon was once shown on the programme describing the former UKIP leader and key Brexiteer Nigel Farage as a "dickhead".

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 is survived by his wife June, two daughters, his sons-in-law and his grandchildren. Rest in peace, Leon.

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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