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Gogglebox’s Pete McGarry dead aged 71 after a short illness

Gogglebox’s Pete McGarry dead aged 71: Beloved star passes away with his family by his side following a short illness

  • The McGarry family, Linda, Pete and son George, joined the show in series two back in 2013, and also appeared in series three
  • However, the family left the show in 2014 when George entered the Celebrity Big Brother house
  • Linda and Pete rejoined without George in 2016, and were much loved regulars on the show
  • Since 2000, Pete and Linda have fostered over 100 children and he is a beloved father, husband and grandfather

Gogglebox star Pete McGarry has died aged 71. 

A statement issued on behalf of the family 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.’ 

RIP: Gogglebox’s Pete McGarry has died aged 71: Beloved star passed away with his family by his side following a short illness

‘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.’ 

Pete and his wife had previously spoken about the children they had fostered over the years, saying it was something they ‘loved’ doing.

Lynne once told The Sun: ‘It’s enhanced our lives so much. It’s very rewarding. I’ve just loved doing it.

Beloved: The McGarry family, Linda, Pete and son George, joined the show in series two back in 2013 before leaving in 2014. Linda and Pete later returned in 2016

Beloved: The McGarry family, Linda, Pete and son George, joined the show in series two back in 2013 before leaving in 2014. Linda and Pete later returned in 2016

‘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.’

The first child Lynn and Pete fostered was a young boy called Christopher, who they went onto adopt. 

The McGarry family, Linda, Pete and son George, joined the show in series two back in 2013, and also appeared in series three. 

Touching: Pete and his wife had previously spoken about the children they had fostered over the years, saying it was something they 'loved' doing

Touching: Pete and his wife had previously spoken about the children they had fostered over the years, saying it was something they ‘loved’ doing

However, the family left the show in 2014 when George entered the Celebrity Big Brother house. 

Linda and Pete rejoined without George in 2016, and were much loved regulars on the show, with a slew of amusing moments.

Among them was a hilarious gaffe which saw George remove his shoe by throwing his foot into the air, only for it to land in the middle of Pete’s box of takeaway food.

George also previously revealed that his kind-hearted parents even paid off the debts of someone he was in prison with.

Kind: George also previously revealed that his kind-hearted parents even paid off the debts of someone he was in prison with (pictured in 2014)

Kind: George also previously revealed that his kind-hearted parents even paid off the debts of someone he was in prison with (pictured in 2014) 

Speaking on the A Bit Of A Stretch podcast, he revealed he asked his parents to help out one of his fellow prisoners, after he himself ended up behind bars when he was convicted of drink-driving.

He explained: ‘So he took out a debt with whoever was on that wing and they’ve hurt him that bad that his jaw was hanging off his face.

‘This is over a £20 drugs-debt so now I had to get involved. I couldn’t leave that. I said ‘Listen, stand back mate, I’ll have it in your account tomorrow.’

‘I phoned mum and said ‘Can you put twenty quid in his account so he can pay this geezer?’

Gogglebox sees group of friends and families from across the UK react to some of the TV highlights from that week, and has become a Channel 4 fixture since it began in 2013.

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