Tributes have been paid to a former Gogglebox star from north Essex following the news of his death. 

George Gilbey, from Clacton, has died aged 40 and appeared on the show alongside his mother Linda McGarry and stepdad Pete McGarry, who died aged 71 in 2021. 

Gilbey reportedly died following an accident at work on Wednesday.

Essex Police said officers were called to an incident in Shoebury in Southend-on-Sea on Wednesday, where a man had died after falling from a height.

A spokesperson for the force said: “We received a report of an incident at Campfield Road in Shoebury at around 10am this morning (March 27), 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.

“We will continue liaising with partners including the Health and Safety Executive."

A spokesman for the Channel 4 show said: “George was part of the Gogglebox family for eight series alongside his mum Linda and stepdad 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.”

Former Geordie Shore star Ricci Guarnaccio, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2014 alongside Gilbey, paid tribute to his friend and former co-star on X, formerly known as Twitter, and said in a follow-up post that he had been involved in an “accident at work”.

He said: “Breaks my heart but George you are well and truly going to be missed my friend.

“Always lit up the room, cared for others & the memories we made I’ll cherish for ever brother.

“From CBB to speaking to you last week, I’m going to hugely miss you ma boiii! Love you G.”

Gilbey joined award-winning Channel 4 programme Gogglebox for its second series in 2013 before he and his family were dropped in 2014 after he signed up to Celebrity Big Brother.

The family later returned to the series.

The star from Essex appeared on the then-Channel 5 reality show alongside celebrities including The Hills' Stephanie Pratt and American actor Gary Busey, who won the series.