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Gogglebox star George Gilbey has died aged 40

British reality star George Gilbey has died aged 40.

George was one of Gogglebox’s first cast members, joining the series back in 2013 for its second season, providing on-air commentary alongside his mother and stepfather Linda and Pete.

On Wednesday afternoon it was reported that George had died after a fall at his workplace earlier that day.

In a tribute statement, Channel 4 said: “George was part of the Gogglebox family for eight series, alongside his mother Linda and stepfather Pete.

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Linda and George’s family and friends at this very sad time. The family has requested privacy.”

A spokesman for Essex Police said Sky News on Wednesday: “We received a report at around 10am this morning (March 27) of an incident on Campfield Road, Shoebury, where a man working at heights had fallen and sustained an injury.

“The emergency services including the air ambulance were on site. Unfortunately, the man died at the scene of the accident.

George initially stayed on Gogglebox for two seasons before leaving the show to take part in Celebrity Big Brother in 2014.

After sharing the CBB house with stars including boxing manager Kellie Maloney, soap star Claire King, dancer James Jordan and actor Gary Busey, he made it to the final and came fourth.

Several of George’s former Celebrity Big Brother housemates also paid their respects on social media following the news of his death:

George and his family eventually returned to Gogglebox in 2016, where he remained for four more series.

After George decided to leave the show, his mother and stepfather Linda and Pete remained with Gogglebox until 2020. Pete died of colon cancer the following year.

George was also the father of a seven-year-old daughter, Amelie.

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