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'WE'RE HEARTBROKEN' Gogglebox star June Bernicoff has died aged 82 following short illness

'WE'RE HEARTBROKEN' Gogglebox star June Bernicoff has died aged 82 following short illness
GOGGLEBOX star June Bernicoff has died following a short illness, the show's creator has confirmed.
The 82-year-old passed away at home on Tuesday surrounded by her friends and family.
 Gogglebox's June Bernicoff has died following a short illness, the show's creator has confirmed
Gogglebox's June Bernicoff has died following a short illness, the show's creator has confirmedCredit: Channel 4
Executive producer Tania Alexander said June did not die from coronavirus.
June and her late husband Leon were the first couple to be cast on Gogglebox in 2013, and they quickly established themselves as firm favourites with viewers.
Tania said on Twitter: "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."
She also shared a longer tribute to the "vivacious and principled" show stalwart.
 June, 82, appeared on the Channel 4 show with her late husband Leon
June, 82, appeared on the Channel 4 show with her late husband LeonCredit: Matthew Pover
It read: "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.
"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 every week, and she was in regular contact with the production team."
Tania finished by sending her condolences to June's family.
Viewers also shared their sadness, calling June and Leon "legends" and one of "the nation's most beloved couples".
Leon passed away aged 83 in December 2017.
The Gogglebox team said at the time: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and #Gogglebox legend Leon.
 The couple were together for more than 60 years
The couple were together for more than 60 years
 June and Leon were the first couple to be cast on Gogglebox in 2013
June and Leon were the first couple to be cast on Gogglebox in 2013Credit: Alamy
“We will all miss him so very dearly. Our thoughts are with June and family at this incredibly sad time.”
The loved-up duo were together for over 60 years and fans will remember the couple’s feisty antics.
They met when June was 18 and the pair were at a dance at a teacher training college.

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