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Gogglebox pays tribute to show’s star Pete McGarry


Gogglebox paid tribute to one of the show’s stars Pete McGarry after his death from bowel cancer aged 71 was revealed on Tuesday.

At the end of Friday night’s episode an image of Pete alongside his wife Linda was shown with the message: ‘In Loving Memory: Pete McGarry 1950-2021’ underneath.

The picture showed Pete sat next to his beloved Linda on the sofa where they filmed the Channel 4 show. 

Sad: Gogglebox paid tribute to one of show’s stars Pete McGarry after his death from bowel cancer aged 71 was revealed on Tuesday

Pete’s cause of death was revealed earlier this week as his wife Linda confirmed he passed away after a battle with bowel cancer over the weekend. 

She revealed he had been diagnosed with the disease earlier in the year but despite a recent operation to remove the tumour, was told he only had six months to live. 

Tragically, he died just days after the prognosis, with Linda telling The Sun: ‘Pete was a lovely man and I was so lucky to have him for 25 years.

Illness: Pete died from bowel cancer just days after being told he had six months to live, according to his doting wife, Linda

Illness: Pete died from bowel cancer just days after being told he had six months to live, according to his doting wife, Linda 

‘I said to him, ‘we’ve not only been 25 years, it’s been day and night with each other.’ He was my life.’ 

A statement issued on behalf of the family on Monday said: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce that Gogglebox star Pete McGarry passed away at the age of 71 this weekend with his family by his side after a short illness. 

‘Pete will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew. Our thoughts are with Linda, their children and grandchildren.’ 

‘Since 2000, Pete and Linda have fostered over 100 children and he is a beloved father, husband and grandfather. The family have asked for privacy at this sad time.’ 

Tragedy: The TV star's passing was announced by his family in a statement on Monday, revealing he passed away over the weekend following a 'short illness'

Tragedy: The TV star’s passing was announced by his family in a statement on Monday, revealing he passed away over the weekend following a ‘short illness’

Pete and Linda’s son George last shared a snap of his family on Instagram on May 6. 

Following the news of Pete’s passing, many Gogglebox fans took to social media to pay tribute, including presenter Paddy McGuinness, who wrote: ‘Such a shame, one of the OG’s. RIP.’

Another fan posted: ‘RIP Pete. Sending all my love and hugs to Linda, George and all family,’ while a third added: ‘RIP Pete and condolences to Linda and the family.’ 

One also tweeted: ‘One of my favourite blokes on Gogglebox. Quiet and unassuming. RIP Pete. Sad day.’  

Touching: Pete and Linda's son George last shared a snap of his family on Instagram on May 6

Touching: Pete and Linda’s son George last shared a snap of his family on Instagram on May 6

Rest in peace: Following the news of Pete's passing, many Gogglebox fans took to social media to pay tribute, including presenter Paddy McGuinness

Rest in peace: Following the news of Pete’s passing, many Gogglebox fans took to social media to pay tribute, including presenter Paddy McGuinness

As well as appearing on Gogglebox, Pete and his wife also fostered several children over the years, saying it was something they ‘loved’ doing.

In 2016 Linda told The Daily Star: ‘It’s enhanced our lives so much. It’s very rewarding. I’ve just loved doing it.

‘I always say all you need to be a foster parent is a spare room, a sense of humour and a good heart.

Beloved: The McGarry family, Lynne, Pete and son George, joined the show in series two back in 2013 before leaving in 2014. Linda and Pete later returned in 2016

Beloved: The McGarry family, Lynne, Pete and son George, joined the show in series two back in 2013 before leaving in 2014. Linda and Pete later returned in 2016

‘I’ve just brought them up as my own. On Mother’s Day I get so many phone calls. They don’t forget you. A lot still regard me and Pete as their parents.’

She added that her son George was just 15 when she and Pete began fostering saying: ‘He’s always classed the other boys as his brothers. He never moaned. He always shared everything.

‘He’s got a good heart. He does drive me mad, but he’s a good boy.’

The first child Linda and Pete fostered was then 11-year-old called Chris, who they went onto adopt. 

Amusing: The family were a part of some of the show's funnier moments during its early years

Amusing: The family were a part of some of the show’s funnier moments during its early years

She explained that Chris was now running a car site, and they were ‘so proud’ despite ‘going through hell’ with him. 

Linda confirmed she had no plans to stop fostering, explaining: ‘We won’t stop. While we’re in our house it would be a waste not to because we’ve got room. It’s not a hard job, it’s our way of life. We’ll do it for as long as we can.’

She also urged others to try fostering before going straight into adoption, adding: ‘A lot of people find it scary – we were terrified. But I’ve learned how to deal with them.’

The McGarry family, Linda, Pete and son George, joined the show in series two back in 2013, and also appeared in series three. 

However, the family left the show in 2014 when George entered the Celebrity Big Brother house. 

Linda and Pete rejoined without George in 2016, and were much loved regulars on the show, with a slew of amusing moments.

Among them was a hilarious gaffe which saw George remove his shoe by throwing his foot into the air, only for it to land in the middle of Pete’s ‘chippy tea’.

George also previously revealed that his kind-hearted parents even paid off the drug debts of one of their foster children.

Touching: Pete and his wife had previously spoken about the children they had fostered over the years, saying it was something they 'loved' doing

Touching: Pete and his wife had previously spoken about the children they had fostered over the years, saying it was something they ‘loved’ doing

Speaking on the A Bit Of A Stretch podcast, he revealed he asked his parents to help out one of his fellow prisoners, after he himself ended up behind bars when he was convicted of drink-driving.

He explained: ‘So he took out a debt with whoever was on that wing and they’ve hurt him that bad that his jaw was hanging off his face.

‘This is over a £20 drugs-debt so now I had to get involved. I couldn’t leave that. I said ‘Listen, stand back mate, I’ll have it in your account tomorrow.’

‘I phoned mum and said ‘Can you put twenty quid in his account so he can pay this geezer?’

Gogglebox sees group of friends and families from across the UK react to some of the TV highlights from that week, and has become a Channel 4 fixture since it began in 2013.

Kind: George also previously revealed that his kind-hearted parents even paid off the debts of someone he was in prison with (pictured in 2014)

Kind: George also previously revealed that his kind-hearted parents even paid off the debts of someone he was in prison with (pictured in 2014) 



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