Who was Pete McGarry?
Gogglebox star Pete McGarry has died aged 71. A statement was 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.’
Pete McGarry Biography, Wiki
Pete McGarry initially joined the Channel 4 programme for its second series in 2013 along with wife Linda and her son George Gilbey.
Linda and Pete returned to the show for the seventh series in 2016 and continued to appear as series regulars up to 2020.
Top Gear host Paddy McGuinness said it was “such a shame”, describing the Clacton native as “one of the OGs”.
OG stands for “original gangster” but is more likely intended as “original Goggleboxer” in this context.
Channel 4 said McGarry died at the weekend with his family by his side and that he would be “dearly missed” by the Gogglebox team. It said his family had requested privacy and that his death was not related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pete and Linda combined their TV appearances with their roles as foster parents to more than 100 children over the last 20 years.
“I always say all you need to be a foster parent is a spare room, a sense of humour and a good heart,” Linda told the Daily Star in 2016.
Pete McGarry’s Family
The first child Lynne and Pete McGarary raised in 2000 was 11-year-old Chris, whom they adopted. She said: “He is 26 now and we still have him. I went through hell with him, but he just opened his own car site and we are very proud of him. We are a great family.”
Linda and Pete’s son George last posted a photo of his family on May 6 of this year. Pete could be seen smiling as he posed behind his wife Linda and other family members. Pete’s beloved family is said to have been with him when he died
In December 2020, George revealed that his caring parents once stepped in to pay off one of his adopted children’s drug debts. During an appearance on Chris Atkins’ A Bit Of A Stretch podcast, George revealed that he reached out to his parents to help a prisoner, whom they had previously taken in.
George ended up in prison in October 2019 after being convicted of driving under the influence. After meeting one of Pete and Linda’s former foster children inside, George said he called his parents for help.
About Pete McGarry Gogglebox Fame
Gogglebox is one of Channel 4’s biggest hits, regularly attracting a consolidated audience of more than six million viewers. The show sees members of the public give their opinions on a variety of television programmes broadcast that week.
It began airing in 2013 and made stars of some of its contributors, among them Scarlett Moffatt and Reverend Kate Bottley. George Gilbey went on to appear in Celebrity Big Brother after appearing on the Gogglebox, which is produced by Studio Lambert.
Earlier this year the production company was forced to defend its record after facing allegations of poor staff welfare. It said it took the welfare of its staff “extremely seriously” and had “support systems in place” for its employees.
Last year Gogglebox lost another of its regulars when June Bernicoff died at the age of 82.
Pete McGarry’s Death, and Cause of Death
“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 brief illness,” the post began. “Our thoughts are with Linda, her children and grandchildren.
Since 2000, Pete and Linda have raised over a hundred children and he is a loving father, husband, and grandfather. The statement concluded by confirming that Pete’s death was not related to Covid-19.
Pete McGarry Unknown Facts
- 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
- The couple’s first foster child was a then 11-year-old called Christopher, who they went onto adopt