It is with sadness that I report Leon Bernicoff, one half of Gogglebox's Leon & June, has passed away at the age of 83 after a short illness.
The devastating news was confirmed by Channel 4 & Gogglebox on Twitter at 17:38 this afternoon.
Gogglebox creator, Tania Alexander, led tributes to Leon on social media. She affectionately described Mr. Bernicoff as the grandfather of Gogglebox and went on to commend Leon on his "sharp wit and unshakble opinions" [sic].
Celebrities and fans of the lovable Leon & June tweeted their own respects.
Members of his Gogglebox family also left their tributes to the much loved star of the programme.
Leon & June were one of the original couples when Gogglebox began in 2013.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and grandchildren.
It's been confirmed that Channel 4 will dedicate their Gogglebox Christmas Special to Leon tomorrow night (21:00 on Channel 4).