Andy Michael, Googlebox Star Dead At 61
Gogglebox star Andy Michael has died at the age of 61 following a short illness. This was confirmed by a statement from Channel 4 and Studio Lambert on behalf of his family.
Andy and his family first appeared on Gogglebox when the show debuted in 2013, but announced a year later that they were leaving because he was planning to run for Ukip in the upcoming general election.
When he failed to secure the Hastings and Rye seat, the family returned for future episodes.
In their statement, Channel 4 confirmed that Andy died last week, surrounded by his family. The statement reads:
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. 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 has asked for privacy at this very sad time.
Earlier this week it was announced that Gogglebox star Mary Cook had died at the age of 92. Mary had been part of the show since 2016, offering commentary alongside her close friend Marina.
Gogglebox fans expressed their sadness online. One posted: ‘I’m really sad to hear this. Much love to the family’ – while another said: ‘Oh no my goodness, so young! I am so sorry, sending love to his family and friends.’