Tributes have been paid to Gogglebox star Andy Michael after it was announced he has died at the age of 61.
Michael was one of the original cast of the Channel 4 show, appearing in the debut episode in 2013 with his family in Brighton.
The Michael family took a hiatus from the show in 2014, when Michael ran for Ukip in the general election, but returned to show when he failed to win the Hastings and Rye seat.
A statement from Channel 4 and Studio Lambert confirmed Michael died last weekend after a short illness.
They said: “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.”
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