Gogglebox star June Bernicoff dies aged 82 following short illness

Gogglebox star June Bernicoff has died at the age of 82 following a short illness, the show’s creator has confirmed.

June appeared on the hit Channel 4 show with her husband Leon and the pair were firm favourites with viewers.

She appeared on the show from 2013 to 2017 and left after her husband Leon died in December 2017.

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Show creator Tania Alexander confirmed the sad new of June’s passing on Twitter.

She wrote: “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."

A statement from Channel 4 and production company Studio Lambert, on behalf of June's family, 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.

"Following Leon's passing in December 2017, June wrote her first book, Leon And June: Our Story, which was a deeply moving and entertaining chronicle of their 60-year love affair.

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"A remarkably independent, principled woman with a vivacious sense of humour and a huge passion for life, June will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew.

"Despite her departure from the show in 2017, she remained a passionate supporter of the programme, watching it every week, and she was in regular contact with the production team.

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"Our thoughts are with June's family – Helen and Ian, Julie and Marc, and her beloved grandchildren Frances, Sam and Faye.

"The family would like to ask for privacy at this sad time, but would like to thank the hospice staff that supported them and cared for June so wonderfully and with such compassion in her final weeks.'

"June's death was not related to COVID-19."

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