Gogglebox star June shares emotional tribute to husband Leon after his death

The TV star passed away this weekend

Gogglebox star June shares emotional tribute to husband Leon after his death

by Jadie Troy-Pryde |
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Gogglebox fans were shocked this weekend to learn that one of the show's long-time favourites, Leon Bernicoff, had passed away.

The 83-year-old appeared on the Channel 4 hit alongside his wife, June, and made viewers laugh with his witty-one liners.

A day after the sad news was shared, June has taken to Twitter to post an emotional tribute to her late husband.

Twitter: @TanyaAlexander ©Twitter: @TanyaAlexander

Writing from the joint account she shared with Leon, June wrote: "Thank you folks for all your wonderful messages.

"Leon would have loved reading them and hearing how much he was loved.

"Goodnight and God bless."

Many others have shared their condolences on Twitter, including Leon's Gogglebox co-stars, Reverend Kate, and Oasis front-man Liam Gallagher.

Channel 4 told viewers of Leon's passing in a statement released just two days before Christmas.

It 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.

"Our thoughts are with June, his two daughters, sons-in-law and beloved grandchildren - all of whom have asked for their privacy to be respected at this incredibly sad time."

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