Gogglebox’s Malone family post heartbreaking tribute after tragic loss


by Anna Sky Hulton |
Published on

The Malone family from Manchester who rose to fame on Gogglebox have been devastated by a loss in the family

The Malone family from Manchester have been a part of the popular TV show Gogglebox along with their dogs for four years.

But tragically, son Shaun has taken to social media to announce that their beloved dog Frank has died.

After 11 years with the family, the Malones had to make the heartbreaking decision to put Frank to sleep.

GALLERY: All the households appearing on Gogglebox 2018


Gogglebox 2018 cast and families (slider)

Giles and Mary1 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Giles and Mary

Giles Wood, an artist, and writer Mary Killen apparently have a cupboard full of broken crockery or a "mending cupboard". They're also friends with Boris Johnson and his sister Rachel.

The Malone Family2 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

The Malone Family

Tom and Julie and their two sons Tom Jnr and Shaun. Also loads of dogs. So many dogs. One's called Dave. They're from Manchester.

Steph and Dom3 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Steph and Dom

Stephanie and Dominic Parker aka the posh couple off Gogglebox quit the show back in 2016.

Ellie and Izzi4 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Ellie and Izzi

Sisters Ellie and Izzi are our spirit animals with their array of take-away foods every Friday night.

The Johnson-Aley Family5 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

The Johnson-Aley Family

New for 2017, dad Vernal, mum Shirley and daughter Olivia are from the Wirral. Olivia previously went viral when she was at university after rapper Coolie came to her student house for dinner. Seriously.

Jenny and Lee6 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Jenny and Lee

Best friends Jenny and Lee have us in stitches with their commentary from the sofa.

The Moffatt Family7 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

The Moffatt Family

Scarlett quit the show after winning I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! 2016 and picking up TV jobs left, right and centre.Show bosses felt that the Moffatt family wouldn't quite be the same without Scarlett and so will no longer be appearing in the show. WE ARE DEVO :(.

Bill and Josef8 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Bill and Josef

Bill Hartston and Josef Kollar have been best friends since meeting seventeen years ago at a Monopoly charity walk.

The Siddiqui Family9 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

The Siddiqui Family

Baasit, Umar and their dad, Sid. Other brother Raza sometimes makes an appearance and the mum and daughters occasionally pop in.

The Woerdenweber Family10 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

The Woerdenweber Family

German-born Ralph, Viv and their daughter Eve. Eve's boyfriend Jay used to be a completely silent sofa staple, but then they broke up so Silent Jay is no more.

Sandra and Chanchez11 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Sandra and Chanchez

You'll, of course, know that Sandra Martin's daughter Chanchez stepped in to fill the void left by Sandra's former partner in crime, Sandi, a couple of series ago. Sandra also recently revealed she's quit the show :(

The Gilbey Family12 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

The Gilbey Family

Linda, Pete and their son George are from Clacton-On-Sea, Essex.

Reverend Kate and Graham13 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Reverend Kate and Graham

The UK's fave vicar Kate Bottley and her husband Graham are often joined by their greyhound Buster.

The Tapper Family14 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

The Tapper Family

Nikki and Jonathan Tapper are at the head of the family with their two children, Josh and Amy.

Mary and Marina15 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Mary and Marina

Mary and Marina are the hilarious, cheeky wine-swigging Bristolians who once went to Butlers in the Buff.

Stephen and Christopher16 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Stephen and Christopher

Stephen Webb and Christopher Steed used to date in series 1 but now they're just friends.

The Michael Family17 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

The Michael Family

Andrew, Carolyne, Louis and Alex. There's also another daughter, Catheryne who popped up recently on series 7. She looks very like Alex and confused the crap out of Twitter.

Leon and June18 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Leon and June

Leon and June Bernicoff were our ultimate couple goals. They lived together in the same house since they got married in 1960. Sadly, Leon passed away in December 2017

Dave and Shirley19 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Dave and Shirley

Dave and Shirley live in Caerphilly and are highly entertaining on the ol' telly box.

Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan20 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan

Three brothers Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan Plummer joined Gogglebox in early 2017 for series eight.

The McCormick Family21 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

The McCormick Family

Scott and Georgia watch with their son Isaac and their massive dog.

three aunties gogglebox22 of 22
CREDIT: Channel 4/Gogglebox

Kathy, Cilla and Elvie

Series 11's first episode saw the introduction of three sassy new ladies, dubbed the 'three aunties' and they are HILARIOUS.

Shaun posted the heartbreaking tribute on Instagram, writing: "After 11 years with the family it was so hard but best thing to do for him we’ve had to put my dog frank to sleep R.I.P Frankie."

Of course, Shaun's post plucked at the heartstrings of many fans who left messages on his post.

One wrote: "So sad, losing a pet is like losing family 💕," whilst another added: "Aww sad news.. RIP Frank! 😢😢 xo" and another commented: "So sorry , it's always heartbreaking me & my husband only watch goggle box to see your dogs 😅 we are rotti people , we lost our 11yr old boy Alloy nearly 3 years ago and life has never been the same 😢'."

The family also released a statement on Twitter which read: "Thank you so very much for all your kind words & thoughts It's been a tough day but now trying to focus on all our good times with Frankie, there are such a lot!

"The thing is he was loved too much for us to let him suffer He will never be forgotten ,he will live on in our hearts."

Frank had been adopted from the RSPCA as a puppy by the Malone family and after making the hard decision to put Frank down, Shaun told the charity: "11 years ago my family got a dog frank from you and unfortunately he has had to be put to sleep today."

He added: "Thank you for letting us have him."

The Malones were known appearing on Gogglebox surrounded by their dogs, with them often licking the family's faces or trying to steal treats.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time. ❤️

WATCH: Closer Confidential - your sneak peek into this week's issue...

Do you watch Gogglebox? Are you sad to hear of the Malone family's loss? Let us know over on Facebook and Twitter.


Gogglebox: 20 things you didn't know about the hit show

Gogglebox: The best throwback pictures from the stars

16 sexiest soap villains EVER

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us