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Gogglebox star Andy Michael has died at the age of 61, according to a statement from Channel 4 and Studio Lambert, on behalf of his family.
The statement said: "We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gogglebox star Andy Michael at the age of 61 following a short illness.
"Andy passed away last weekend with his family by his side."
It continued: "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".
We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gogglebox star Andy Michael at the age of 61 following a short illness.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time. Andy will be truly missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew. pic.twitter.com/9swH4JA0RN
- C4 Gogglebox (@C4Gogglebox) August 27, 2021
The Michael family first appeared on Gogglebox in the debut episode in 2013, but announced in 2014 that they were leaving because Mr Michael was running for UKIP in the general election.
After he failed to secure the Hastings and Rye seat, the family returned for future episodes.
Tributes have already started pouring in from fans of the Channel 4 show. One wrote: "So sad to read & such a young age to, 2020 & 2021 has been so cruel & tough for so many people R.I.P Andy thoughts are with his Family, friends & the Gogglebox family at this difficult time."
Another added: "I'm heartbroken about this RIP Andy thinking of the Michael family at this sad time."
A third commented: "Oh no my goodness, so young! I am so sorry, sending love to his family and friends."
Another person wrote: "Such awful news! Andy was such a character and a great member of Gogglebox! Loved watching him and his family."
Many others noted that the news has come shortly after Mary Cook - also part of the Gogglebox family - passed away aged 92.
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