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Gogglebox fans in tears as 10-year anniversary commemorates late stars

The beloved show paid tribute to the six stars no longer with us

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Andy Michael (far right) with his family in Gogglebox. (Channel 4)

Gogglebox's 10th anniversary celebrations left fans in tears as they paid tribute to the stars who have died since being on the show.

The beloved Channel 4 series marked its landmark year with a special episode on Saturday, during which they noted fan favourite faces who are no longer with us.

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These included former narrator Caroline Aherne, who died in 2016 from cancer, and five onscreen stars who gave over their living rooms for our entertainment.

The episode featured a compilation reel of all the show's participants and their highlights over the past decade.

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Marina Wingrove and Mary Cook in Gogglebox. (Channel 4)

At the end of the episode was a special segment dedicated to Aherne, as well as June and Leon Bernicoff, Mary Cook, Pete McGarry and Andy Michael.

Married couple June and Leon died within three years of each other, with Leon passing in December 2017 aged 83.

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June died in May 2020, aged 82, from a 'short illness' which was stated to not be related to coronavirus.

The couple were one of the original families of Gogglebox, with producer Tania Alexander releasing a statement that read: "June and Leon were the Gogglebox originals and a huge part of the show's success. I adored them both. Big kiss June darling."

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June and Leon Bernicoff. (Channel 4/Studio Lambert)

Pete McGarry, who appeared with wife Linda and her son Gary on the series, died of bowel cancer in June 2021, just days after being told his diagnosis was terminal.

Mary Cook, who was known for her naughty conversations with best friend Marina Wingrove, died in August 2021 at the age of 92.

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Cook had previously credited the series for giving her a "new lease of life".

Retired hotelier Andy Michael, the patriarch of the Michael family, appeared on the series alongside wife Carolyne, son Louis and daughter Alex.

He died in September 2021 aged 61 after a short illness.

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