Gogglebox Star June Bernicoff Dies Aged 82
She died at her home on Tuesday, surrounded by her friends and family. Alongside her husband Leon, she was one of the first - and most popular - stars of the show.
Her death was confirmed by the executive producer of the show, Tania Alexander, who said: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Gogglebox's much-loved June Bernicoff passed away at the age of 82 on May 5 at home with her family by her side after a short illness.
"As the first couple to be cast for Gogglebox back in 2013, June and her husband Leon were a huge part of the programme's success.
"Their warmth, wit and contrasting personalities endeared them to the nation during the course of the first 10 series."
Alongside the statement, Alexander also tweeted: "Absolutely heartbroken to tell you that our beloved June Bernicoff passed away on Tuesday following a short illness - it was not related to Covid-19.
"June & Leon were the #Gogglebox originals & a huge part of the show's success. I adored them both. Big kiss June darling."
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June and her husband Leon were amongst the best-loved characters on the popular Channel 4 show, on which members of the public watch telly and react to it.
Leon passed away in late 2018, and June spoke recently about how difficult it had been adjusting to life after her husband's passing.
She even stopped appearing on the show, admitting it had become difficult to watch TV without her partner in crime sitting in his chair beside her.
June told The Mirror: "I don't watch much TV these days if I'm honest. I find it difficult.
"I've been reading a lot more, or listening to the radio, but I just feel restless whenever I sit down to watch it.
"I find myself getting up to make a lot of cups of tea and I can't settle."
She added: "People talk about how difficult it is coming into an empty house. But it's funny, I never really feel the house is empty somehow.
"Leon was such a large figure... I can hear him saying things like, 'Why have you got this nonsense on?' when I'm listening to Classic FM.
"It's strange going out on my own, though, and things like driving the car are hard because he always wanted to be behind the wheel."
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