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Gogglebox star George Gilbey dead at 40

George Gilbey has died credit:Bang Showbiz
George Gilbey has died credit:Bang Showbiz

'Gogglebox' star George Gilbey has died at the age of 40.

The TV star - who came fourth on 'Celebrity Big Brother' in 2014 - passed away following an "accident at work" on Wednesday (27.03.24) morning, with ambulance crews unable to save him following a fall.

A spokesperson for Essex Police said: "We received a report of an incident at Campfield Road in Shoebury at around 10am this morning (27 March), during which a man who was working at height had fallen and sustained an injury.

"The ambulance service including air ambulance were in attendance. Sadly, the man died at the scene.

"We will continue liaising with partners including the Heath and Safety Executive. A cordon remains in place at the scene."

George's sister confirmed the news of his death online.

She wrote: "Rest in eternal paradise brother. Far too young but god only takes the best."

George made his 'Gogglebox' debut in 2013 with his mum Linda and his stepfather Peter - who passed away in 2021 - before leaving to appear on 'Celebrity Big Brother' in 2014. His family returned to the TV-watching show in 2016, before George left two years later, though his mother and stepdad continued without him until 2020.

A spokesperson for the show remembered George as "part of the family".

Paying tribute, a Channel 4 representative said: "George was part of the 'Gogglebox' family for eight series alongside his mum Linda and step-dad Pete.

"Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Linda, and George's family and friends at this very sad time.

"The family have asked for privacy."

George's former 'CBB' housemate Ricci Guarnaccio has been left devastated by the news.

He wrote: "Breaks my heart but George Gilbey you are well and truly going to be missed my friend.

"Always lit up the room, cared for others + the memories we made I'll cherish for ever brother. From CBB to speaking to you last week, I'm going to hugely miss you ma boiii! Love you GG.(sic)"