Pete McGarry dead: Gogglebox star who fostered over 100 children with wife dies aged 71 after short illness

GOGGLEBOX star Pete McGarry who fostered over 100 children with his wife has died aged 71.

The TV favourite died at the weekend, with his family by his side, following a short illness.

A statement issued on behalf of the family 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."

McGarry, along with wife Linda and her son, George Gilbey, originally joined the Channel 4 programme for its second series in 2013.

They later returned to the show for the seventh series in 2016 and have continued to appear as series regulars.

The statement continued: "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."

The statement added that McGarry's death was not related to Covid-19.

Gogglebox is a British reality TV series which has aired regularly on Channel 4 since 2013.

George was known on Gogglebox for his cheeky wit and high voice and was so popular he ended up up on Celebrity Big Brother in 2014.

His parents – Linda and Peter –  were temporarily axed from the show when George took part in CBB, but they later returned without him.

The show involves small groups of family and friends watching a wide variety of shows from the comfort of their living room while sharing their honest thoughts.

Fans can see what the Goggleboxers thought of some of the best TV programmes from the past seven days.

In exchange for the £1,500 fee (and free food) each of the families are expected to commit to 12 hours of filming a week across two six-hour shifts.

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