Gogglebox dedicates episode to Andy Michael and Mary Cook after deaths

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Andy Michael and Mary Cook were remembered on the show (Picture: Channel 4)

Gogglebox has dedicated its latest episode to Andy Michael and Mary Cook, who both recently died, in the first show back of its latest series.

At the end of the Celebrity Gogglebox: Black to Front special on Friday night, the show remembered Andy, 61 and Mary, 92 by sharing a photo of each of them as the episode ended with the caption: ‘In loving memory’.

Alongside their photos was listed the year of their birth and of their death.

Andy, of the Michael family, who had been a regular fixture on the show since it started, died in August following a short illness.

Mary, who appeared on the show with her friend Martina Wingrove, died in hospital at the age of 92.

The broadcaster said at the time: ‘We are extremely saddened to share that Gogglebox star Mary Cook passed away in hospital this weekend at the age of 92 with her family by her side.

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Mary had appeared on Gogglebox with friend Marina since 2019 (Picture: PA)

‘She will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew.’

Andy’s death came just days later, with the broadcaster issuing another statement to express their sadness around the news.

The statement read: ‘We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gogglebox star Andy Michael at the age of 61 following a short illness.

Undated handout photo issued by Channel 4 of The Michael family, (left to right) Louis, Carolyne, Andy and Alex Michael, appearing on Channel 4's Gogglebox. It has been announced that Gogglebox star Andy Michael passed away last weekend at the age of 61 following a short illness. Retired hotelier Andy was one of the show's original cast members, appearing in the very first episode in 2013. Issue date: Friday August 27, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story DEATH Gogglebox . Photo credit should read: Channel 4/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Andy Michael died aged 61 after being on the show on-and-off since it began (Picture: PA)

‘Andy passed away last weekend with his family by his side.’

The show picked up a gong for best factual at the National Television Awards, with several cast members going up to collect the accolade

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Anthony Harvey/REX/Shutterstock (12423944bu) Factual - Gogglebox - Sophie Sandiford, Pete Sandiford, Julie Malone and Tom Malone 26th National Television Awards, Winners Press Room, O2, London, UK - 09 Sep 2021

The show’s cast also paid tribute last night to Andy and Mary (Picture: Anthony Harvey/Rex/Shutterstock)

Last night, Julie Malone also contributed an emotional speech addressing their late cast members after the NTA win on Thursday night.

She said: ‘On behalf of all the Gogglebox families, I’d just like to say thank you for this award and, on a sadder note, I’d like to nominate it to all the people we’ve lost sadly over the past 18 months, two years,’ she said.

‘That’s Andy [Michael], Pete [McGarry], Mary [Cook], and everybody’s favourite grandma, June [Bernicoff], who’s now reunited with Leon. Thank you so much.’

Pete died at the age of 71 back in June, following a battle with cancer and June died back in May 2020, just three years after the death of her beloved husband Leon.

Gogglebox airs Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4.

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