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Gogglebox's Andy Michael dead: TV stars pay tribute to former UKIP candidate, 61, as he passes after 'short illness'

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

The family first appeared on Gogglebox in the debut episode in 2013, but announced in 2014 that they were leaving because Mr Michael was running for Ukip in the general election.

After he failed to secure the Hastings and Rye seat, the family returned for future episodes.

The statement, given to the PA news agency, 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."

Read our Andy Michael live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    HOW MUCH DO GOGGLEBOX STARS GET PAID?

    A Gogglebox insider told The Sun Online that each of the families taking part are handed a monthly family allowance of £1,500.

    The amount is then split amongst contributing family members at their own discretion.

    The monthly wage comes with its own added perks and each of the families receives free takeaways to keep them going through each sitting.

  • Joseph Gamp

    GOGGLEBOX’S ANDY MICHAEL MADE ‘ULTIMATE SACRIFICE’ FOR HIS FAMILY AFTER THEY WERE AXED FROM SHOW

    Andrew, wife Carolyne and their children were axed from the hit after he ran to be an MP for Ukip in Hastings and Rye.

    The move, which reportedly left the family in tears, was so painful they weren’t able to watch the show after being forced off air. Carolyne told fans: “It’s with great sadness that we must say goodbye to the wonderful Gogglebox family. Andy entering politics so can no longer stay with it.”

    However, Andrew did not win the seat and decided to sacrifice his dream of being a politician to please his family.

    He told The Sun: “I have a responsibility to keep my family happy after they supported me last autumn. That was a big deal for us. They supported me then, so it’s my time to support them now.

    “Now I have stepped down from my official position as prospective parliamentary candidate. I was happy to step down in order to pick up Gogglebox.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    FANS WOULD SOMETIMES GET CONFUSED WHEN LOOKALIKE SISTER STOOD IN ON SHOW

    Fans would sometimes get confused when Mr Michael’s lookalike sister Catheryne would take her place on the show.

    Catheryne, who goes by Katie, was travelling Australia when the family first signed up, but sometimes made surprise appearances alongside her parents and brother. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: WHAT WAS ANDY MICHAEL’S CAUSE OF DEATH?

    The statement, given to the PA news agency, 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”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHAT DID CHANNEL 4 SAY ABOUT ANDY MICHAEL'S AFFILIATION WITH UKIP?

    In 2014, the Michaels were dropped from the show after it was announced Andy was standing as a candidate for Ukip.

    At the time, a Channel 4 spokesperson said: “Mr Michael has confirmed his proposed candidacy as a UKIP MP in Hastings and Rye.

    “Sadly any Gogglebox cast member who becomes a candidate for a political party will have to step down from their involvement in Gogglebox.

    “It’s with great regret that the Michaels are no longer in the show.

    “They have been excellent contributors to Gogglebox, and we are very grateful for all they have given to the show.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    GOGGLEBOX STAR ANDY MICHAEL DIES AT 61

    Gogglebox star Andy Michael has died at the age of 61 following a short illness, a statement from Channel 4 and Studio Lambert on behalf of his family has said.

    The family first appeared on Gogglebox in the debut episode in 2013, but announced in 2014 that they were leaving because Mr Michael was running for Ukip in the general election.

    After he failed to secure the Hastings and Rye seat, the family returned for future episodes.

  • Joseph Gamp

    FELLOW GOGGLEBOX STAR PETE MCGARRY DIED OF BOWEL CANCER IN JUNE

    In June, co-star Pete McGarry died of bowel cancer.

    The 71-year-old passed away at home in Essex with wife Linda and his beloved family by his side.

    He had been told he had six months to live – but sadly died just days after his diagnosis.

    Linda said: “Pete was a lovely man and I was so lucky to have him for 25 years.

    “I said to him, ‘We’ve not only been 25 years, it’s been day and night with each other.’ He was my life.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHAT DID ANDY MICHAEL SAY ABOUT STANDING FOR HASTINGS AND RYE AS UKIP CANDIDATE?

    He said at the time: “I am delighted to have been chosen to fight for Hastings and Rye on behalf of UKIP, the party that has brought democracy and choice back to British politics.

    “UKIP is the people’s party and Gogglebox is the people’s programme.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    SOPHIE SANDIFORD PAYS TRIBUTE TO GOGGLEBOX CO-STAR ANDY MICHAEL

    Sophie Sandiford, who appears on the Channel 4 show with brother Pete Sandiford, was one of the first Gogglebox stars to pay tribute to her late co-star.

    Quote-tweeting the original statement from the Googlebox Twitter account, the 24-year-old wrote “Rest in peace Andy.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: WHO ARE THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE MICHAEL FAMILY?

    Carolyne

    Carolyne is the doting wife of Andt Michael and a mother of four.

    She works in Brighton as a ​​Spiritual Counsellor & SoulPlan Reader.

    Alex

    It was discovered that Alex is sometimes subbed by her lookalike sister Catheryne – and when the pair appeared together on screen viewers went wild.

    Googlebox watchers had previously thought the sister were the same girl with just slightly different make-up. Catheryne, known as Katie, was travelling in Australia when the family first signed up for the show but now she’s returned to the UK she sometimes surprises viewers by making an appearance.

    Pascal, their other son, has made appearances on the show too.

    He was said to be studying neuroscience in Aberdeen when the family first joined the show.

    Louis

    Louis is studying at the University of Chester where his big sister Alex received a Masters in Computer Science.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHEN DID ANDY MICHAEL FIRST APPEAR ON GOGGLEBOX?

    Michael and his family first appeared on Gogglebox in the debut episode in 2013, but announced in 2014 that they were leaving because Mr Michael was running for Ukip in the general election.

    After he failed to secure the Hastings and Rye seat, the family returned for future episodes.

  • Joseph Gamp

    GOGGLEBOX’S ANDY MICHAEL MADE ‘ULTIMATE SACRIFICE’ FOR HIS FAMILY AFTER THEY WERE AXED FROM SHOW

    The Michaels had been with Gogglebox since the start – but vanished from screens in 2015 when he ran for office.

    Andrew, wife Carolyne and their children were axed from the hit after he ran to be an MP for Ukip in Hastings and Rye.

    The move, which reportedly left the family in tears, was so painful they weren’t able to watch the show after being forced off air.

    Andrew told The Sun: “I have a responsibility to keep my family happy after they supported me last autumn.

    “That was a big deal for us. They supported me then, so it’s my time to support them now.

    “Now I have stepped down from my official position as prospective parliamentary candidate. I was happy to step down in order to pick up Gogglebox.”

    Andrew’s death was announced by Channel 4 and Gogglebox producers Studio Lambert.

  • Joseph Gamp

    FANS WOULD SOMETIMES GET CONFUSED WHEN LOOKALIKE SISTER STOOD IN ON SHOW

    Fans would sometimes get confused when Mr Michael’s lookalike sister Catheryne would take her place on the show.

    Catheryne, who goes by Katie, was travelling Australia when the family first signed up, but sometimes made surprise appearances alongside her parents and brother. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: WHO WAS ANDY MICHAEL?

    The star was a fan favourite, and routinely appeared on the sofa alongside son Louis, big sister Alex and wife Caroylne.

    The family first appeared on Gogglebox in the debut episode in 2013.

    In 2014, they announced that they were leaving because Andy was running for Ukip in the general election.

    After he failed to secure the Hastings and Rye seat, they returned for future episodes.

    The Michael family are from Brighton and have become one of the shows favourite families over time.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ANDY MICHAEL’S CAUSE OF DEATH NOT REVEALED

    Andy’s family have today said the TV star turned politician died at the weekend.

    They say his passing comes after he suffered a short illness.

    The exact details of the illness are yet to be confirmed.

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: ANDY MICHAEL RUNS FOR UKIP CANDIDATE

    The Michael family briefly left the show when Andy ran for UKIP.

    Channel 4 bosses decided that Andrew could not hold a political seat and sit on his sofa discussing the week’s telly.

    The whole family had to leave the show in December 2014 – but later returned.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ANDY MICHAEL'S FAMILY RELEASE STATEMENT

    A statement read: “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.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: WHEN DID ANDY FIRST APPEAR ON GOGGLEBOX?

    Michael and his family first appeared on Gogglebox in the debut episode in 2013, but announced in 2014 that they were leaving because Mr Michael was running for Ukip in the general election.

    After he failed to secure the Hastings and Rye seat, the family returned for future episodes.

  • Milica Cosic

    IN PICTURES: ANDY AND WIFE CAROLYNE ATTEND UKIP CONFERENCE IN 2015

    Gogglebox star Andy Michael passed away last weekend at the age of 61 following a short illness.

    Retired hotelier Andy was one of the show’s original cast members, appearing in the very first episode in 2013.

    Andy briefly left the show after he announced he was running as UKIP candidate for Hastings and Rye in the 2015 General Election.

    Credit: PA
  • Milica Cosic

    EXPLAINED: WHEN DID ANDY FIRST APPEAR ON GOGGLEBOX?

    Michael and his family first appeared on Gogglebox in the debut episode in 2013, but announced in 2014 that they were leaving because Mr Michael was running for Ukip in the general election.

    After he failed to secure the Hastings and Rye seat, the family returned for future episodes.

  • Milica Cosic

    HOW MUCH DO GOGGLEBOX STARS GET PAID?

    A Gogglebox insider told The Sun Online that each of the families taking part are handed a monthly family allowance of £1,500.

    The amount is then split amongst contributing family members at their own discretion.

    The monthly wage comes with its own added perks and each of the families receives free takeaways to keep them going through each sitting.

  • Milica Cosic

    GOGGLEBOX’S ANDY MICHAEL MADE ‘ULTIMATE SACRIFICE’ FOR HIS FAMILY AFTER THEY WERE AXED FROM SHOW

    Andrew, wife Carolyne and their children were axed from the hit after he ran to be an MP for Ukip in Hastings and Rye.

    The move, which reportedly left the family in tears, was so painful they weren’t able to watch the show after being forced off air. Carolyne told fans: “It’s with great sadness that we must say goodbye to the wonderful Gogglebox family. Andy entering politics so can no longer stay with it.”

    However, Andrew did not win the seat and decided to sacrifice his dream of being a politician to please his family.

    He told The Sun: “I have a responsibility to keep my family happy after they supported me last autumn. That was a big deal for us. They supported me then, so it’s my time to support them now.

    “Now I have stepped down from my official position as prospective parliamentary candidate. I was happy to step down in order to pick up Gogglebox.”

  • Milica Cosic

    FANS WOULD SOMETIMES GET CONFUSED WHEN LOOKALIKE SISTER STOOD IN ON SHOW

    Fans would sometimes get confused when Mr Michael’s lookalike sister Catheryne would take her place on the show.

    Catheryne, who goes by Katie, was travelling Australia when the family first signed up, but sometimes made surprise appearances alongside her parents and brother. 

  • Milica Cosic

    GOGGLEBOX STAR ANDY MICHAEL DIES AT 61

    Gogglebox star Andy Michael has died at the age of 61 following a short illness, a statement from Channel 4 and Studio Lambert on behalf of his family has said.

    The family first appeared on Gogglebox in the debut episode in 2013, but announced in 2014 that they were leaving because Mr Michael was running for Ukip in the general election.

    After he failed to secure the Hastings and Rye seat, the family returned for future episodes.

  • Milica Cosic

    ANDY MICHAEL’S CAUSE OF DEATH NOT REVEALED

    Andy’s family have today said the TV star turned politician died at the weekend.

    They say his passing comes after he suffered a short illness.

    The exact details of the illness are yet to be confirmed.

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