Gogglebox pays on-air tribute to Pete McGarry following his death

·3-min read
Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Gogglebox has paid tribute to show's star Pete McGarry during Friday night's (July 2) episode of the celebrity spin-off.

At the end of the episode, an in-memoriam card appeared on screen, portraying Pete and his wife Linda McGarry on the sofa from which they recorded the show, smiling at each other. Under the picture, the caption read: "IN MEMORIAM Pete McGarry 1950-2021."

The show's official Twitter account confirmed the sad news of his passing on Monday (June 28), explaining that the 71-year-old reality star had passed away following "a short illness".

Later, it emerged that Pete – who joined the Channel 4 reality series alongside Linda and their son George Gilbey back in 2013 – had been diagnosed with bowel cancer earlier this year.

Despite undergoing a procedure to remove a tumour, Pete was told he had around six months to live, but tragically died a few days later.

Photo credit: Tim P. Whitby - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tim P. Whitby - Getty Images

Related: Former Gogglebox star Tom Malone Jr shares throwback

"Pete was a lovely man and I was so lucky to have him for 25 years," Linda recently shared with The Sun. "I said to him, 'We've not only been 25 years, it's been day and night with each other.' He was my life.

"He was so proud of George when he was in Big Brother too. Him and George really loved each other, George is really cut up."

Linda went on to talk about the many children they'd fostered during their time together and said that Pete revelled in the fame Gogglebox awarded them, never tiring of chatting to fans and taking selfies with them whenever they were out and about.

"He was always taking the mickey out of me on the show and he was like that to the end," she added. "When he was really ill I asked him if he wanted me to sing to him and he wailed 'Nooooo'. He had a marvellous sense of humour.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Related: Gogglebox's Ellie Warner unveils another transformation

"We didn't know what Gogglebox was originally but they wanted families so we ended up on there with George. He loved it and we loved the crew. He really took to it. We didn't know what it was going to be and we went on to win a BAFTA.

"When they told Pete he only had six months I said to him, 'We have done things that nobody else would ever do in a lifetime.'"

For more on bowel cancer, including information on signs and symptoms to look out for and support, please visit Bowel Cancer UK or Cancer Research.

This month, Digital Spy Magazine counts down the 50 greatest LGBTQ+ TV characters since the Stonewall riots. Read every issue now with a 1-month free trial, only on Apple News+.

Interested in Digital Spy's weekly newsletter? Sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox – and don't forget to join our Watch This Facebook Group for daily TV recommendations and discussions with other readers.

You Might Also Like

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting