Googlebox star June Bernicoff has died aged 82.
The pensioner rose to fame on the popular Channel 4 television show, on which she featured alongside her husband, Leon.
June reportedly passed away on Tuesday, May 5, while at home with her family.
She was described to have a ‘vicious sense of humour and a huge passion for life’.
Gogglebox’s executive producer, Tania Alexander, shared the sad news on Twitter today, May 8.
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
June and Leon first graced our screens in 2013 and were one of the original families on the show. Leon sadly passed away in December 2017.
Following his passing, June wrote a book about their relationship titled Leon and June: Our Story, in which she spoke about their 60-year relationship.
Tania Alexander spoke about the couple in a further statement, saying: ‘They 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 seasons.’
June is survived by her two daughters Helen and Julie, as well as her grandchildren Frances, Sam and Faye.
Our thoughts are with June’s family and friends during this difficult time.
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