Gogglebox star Pete McGarry dies aged 71
"Pete will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew."
Gogglebox star Pete McGarry has died at the age of 71 following a short illness.
In a statement, the show 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.
"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."
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The McGarry family - consisting of Pete, his wife Linda and son George - had joined the show in 2013 before leaving in 2014. However Linda and Pete rejoined in 2016, and have been much loved regulars of the show.
The couple had previously spoken about their love for fostering as well, with Linda describing fostering as something that had "enhanced our lives so much. It's very rewarding. I've just loved doing it."
She once told the Daily Star: "I always say all you need to be a foster parent is a spare room, a sense of humour and a good heart.
"I've just brought them up as my own. On Mother's Day I get so many phone calls. They don't forget you. A lot still regard me and Pete as their parents."