George Gilbey, Former Gogglebox Star, Has Died Aged 40

The reality star also competed on Celebrity Big Brother back in 2014.
George Gilbey outside the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2014
George Gilbey outside the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2014
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British reality star George Gilbey has died at the age of 40.

George was one of the earliest cast members of Gogglebox, joining the show in its second series back in 2013, where he passed comment on the week’s TV alongside his mum and stepfather, Linda and Pete.

On Wednesday afternoon, it was reported that George had died following a fall at his place of work earlier that day.

In a statement paying tribute, Channel 4 said: “George was part of the Gogglebox family for eight series alongside his mum Linda and step-dad Pete.

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Linda, and George’s family and friends at this very sad time. The family have asked for privacy.”

An Essex Police spokesperson told Sky News on Wednesday: “We received a report of an incident at Campfield Road in Shoebury at around 10am this morning (27 March), during which a man who was working at height had fallen and sustained an injury.

“The ambulance service including air ambulance were in attendance. Sadly, the man died at the scene.

George initially stayed with Gogglebox for two seasons, before leaving the show to take part in Celebrity Big Brother in 2014.

After sharing the CBB house with stars including boxing manager Kellie Maloney, soap star Claire King, dancer James Jordan and actor Gary Busey, George made it all the way to the final, finishing in fourth place.

Several of George’s former Celebrity Big Brother housemates have also been paying their respects on social media following the news of his death:

George and his family eventually returned to Gogglebox in 2016, where he remained for four more series.

After George made the decision to leave the show, his mum and stepfather, Linda and Pete, remained with Gogglebox until 2020. Pete died of bowel cancer the following year.

George was also father to a seven-year-old daughter, Amelie.


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