Gogglebox star Andy Michael dies aged 61 following a short illness

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Gogglebox star Andy Michael has died at the age of 61 after suffering a short illness.

The TV personality passed away over the last weekend with his family by his side, it has been confirmed.

A statement from Channel 4 and Studio Lambert, released on behalf of his family, read: "We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gogglebox star Andy Michael at the age of 61 following a short illness.

"Andy passed away last weekend with his family by his side.

"Retired hotelier Andy, who brought much wit and insight to Gogglebox, was one of the show’s original cast members, appearing in the very first episode in 2013.

"Beloved father to Katy, Alex, Pascal and Louis, and cherished husband of Carolyne, Andy was a much-loved and respected member of the Gogglebox family, and he will be very sadly missed.

"Our love and thoughts are with Carolyne and the entire family. The family have asked for privacy at this very sad time."

Since news of his sad passing broke, fans have been taking to Twitter to share their condolences and sadness.

"More terrible #Gogglebox news this week. RIP Andy," one person wrote as another said: "So sorry to hear the news about Andy Michael #gogglebox".

The loss of Andy comes just days after it was announced that another Gogglebox star, Mary Cook, passed away at the age of 92.

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